Durga Puja Festival

durga puja festival

Durga Puja, likewise called Durgotsava and Navaratri, is a yearly Hindu or Bengali Hindu celebration in the Indian subcontinent that worships the goddess Durga.

The ceremonial worship of the mother goddess is a standout amongst the essential celebrations of India. Aside from being a religious celebration for the Hindus, it is likewise an event for gathering and revival, and a festival of conventional culture and traditions.

While the ceremonies involve ten days of fast, feast and worship, the most recent four days – Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Dashami – are celebrated with much mirth and loftiness in India and abroad, particularly in Bengal, where the ten-armed goddess riding the lion is revered with extraordinary energy and commitment.

Mythological Origins of Durga Puja

durga puja festival

According to the Hindu Mythological legends, it is trusted that the primary ever Durga Puja was performed by Lord Rama in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September-October). It is said that Lord Rama invoked the blessing of the Goddess before proclaiming war on the powerful evil presence, King Ravana.

This Durga Puja was very not the same as the traditional worship of the mother goddess; along these lines, this puja function is otherwise called ‘akal-bodhan’, which remains for out-of-season venerate. According to the legend, before going into the fight against the strong Ravana, who had procured numerous help from the Gods, Lord Rama worshipped the ‘Mahishasura Mardini’ or the slayer of the buffalo-demon presence for the first time during this time of the year.

It is said he made an offering of 108 blue lotuses and lit 108 lights to look for the blessings of the Goddess. From that point forward, the tradition of Durga Puja started.

History of Durga Puja

durga puja festival

According to the truthful history, it is trusted that expansive scale and rich worship of Goddess Durga started in the late 1500s by wealthy landowners or zamindars of Dinajpur and Mandla in the locale of Bengal. During the Eighteenth century, Raja Nabakrishna Deb of Shobhabajar, under the support of British, sorted out an expand puja in his family.

These fantastic festivals were open for the sovereignty and in addition lower class and in this manner, brought Durgostavs into people in general space. In any case, by the nineteenth century, the pujas began to be more about group assembling instead of a show of cash and power by the zamindars.

durga puja festival

The significant stride towards the start of community puja can be followed by twelve companions of Guptipara in Hoogly, West Bengal, who was the first to gather cash from the neighborhood occupants and compose the primary little scale community puja in 1970, which came to be known as ‘baro-yaari’ puja (twelve-pal puja).

This idea of baro-yaari puja was recreated in Kolkata by Raja Harinath of Cossimbazar, who performed such puja at his tribal home, Murshidabad from 1824 to 1831.p

EVOLUTION OF THE “PRATIMA” AND THE “PANDAL”

The conventional symbol of the goddess worshiped during the Durga Puja is in accordance with the iconography depicted in the scriptures. In Durga, the Gods bestowed their powers to co-create a wonderful goddess with ten arms, each conveying their most deadly weapon.

The tableau of Durga additionally includes her four children – Kartikeya, Ganesha, Saraswati and Lakshmi. A traditional clay picture of Durga or pratima, made of clay with every one of the five divine beings and goddesses under one structure is known as ‘ek-chala’ (‘ek’ = one, “chala” = cover).

durga puja festival

There are two sorts of embellishments that are utilized on clay – sholar saaj and daker saaj. In the previous, the pratima is generally adorned with the white center of the shola reed which develops inside marshlands. As the devotees became wealthier, beaten silver (rangta) was utilized. The silver used to be imported from Germany and was conveyed by post (dak). Henceforth the name daker saaj.

The gigantic transitory coverings – held by a system of bamboo poles and hung with bright texture – that house the icons are called ‘pandals’. Modern pandals are imaginative, creative and beautiful in the meantime, offering a visual spectacle for the various guests who go ‘pandal-hopping’ during the four days of Durga Puja.

Goddess Durga Idols

durga puja festival

On the occasion of Durga Puja, one can send blessings to his friends and family by gifting them a stylishly carved idol of Goddess Durga. All the accomplished craftsman entertain themselves with making such idols.

Visually appealing, this Goddess Durga has a fabulous finish and it will certainly add grace to your puja room as well as your house. Made of high-quality brass, it ensures durability and is easy to clean. It serves for both decorative and prayer purpose. Moreover, this is a great gifting option for any occasion.

Durga Idols

On Silkrute, you will find a lot of Durga idols and figurines in different shapes forms and sizes. So bring home your favorite Gods idols and worship them wholeheartedly.