Durga Puja 2013 Dates
Mahalaya - 04rd October 2013
Panchmi - 09th October 2013
Shashthi - 10th October 2013
Saptami - 11th October 2013
Mahaa-Ashtami - 12th October 2013
Mahaa-Nabami - 13th October 2013
Dashami - Vijya - 14th October 2013
Lakshmi Puja - 18th October 2013
Kali Puja - 02nd November 2013
Significance of Durga Puja
Durga Puja festival is celebrated with great pomp and glory in many states of India. But Durga Puja in West Bengal is most prominent where there is a five day annual leave all over the state. Navratri coincides with the first nine days of Durga Puja. Durga Puja festival is the greatest festival of the Bengalis. Durga Puja 2011 starts on 28th September with Mahalaya. Durga Puja wishes pour into every Bengali family from far and near. Durga Puja in 2011 will be as grandly celebrated as in the bygone years.
History of Durga Puja
Durga Puja origin can be traced back to the mythological period when the Gods sought the help of the Goddess to defeat the evil forces. Durga Puja legends narrate the tale of destruction of Mahishasur by Maa Durga. Stories of Durga as the mahishasuramardini are known to all Hindus, young and old. Devi Durga is believed to come for a temporary stay at her parent’s abode that is earth along with her sons and daughters Ganesha, Kartikeya, Laksmi and Saraswati.
Durga Puja 2011 preparation in Kolkata has started around three months back. Durga Puja in West Bengal is a grand affair with family, food, feast, new clothes, jewellery, friends, relatives, music, dance and merriment. Bengali Durga Puja is famous all across the world with very unique Durga Puja traditions.
Durga Puja celebrations
Durga Puja celebrations happen all across the world but in Kolkata it is most pronounced. Huge durga puja pandals are erected in almost every neighbourhood where gorgeous Durga Puja idols reside for these five days. With the British Raj in India, Durga Puja overflowed from Calcutta and became a worldwide celebration. Lokhandwala Durga Puja is amply famous in Mumbai area. Bay Area Durga Puja draws a lot of crowd. Durga Puja in NJ, New York, USA, Kuwait, Australia, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, the Netherlands draws in huge masses.
Durga Puja decoration forms an important part of the celebration. Durga Puja live is telecast over various media channels and gives the people the unique opportunity to enjoy Durga Puja online. Online arrangements are made even for Prasad distribution and telecast of the Puja rituals with every details pertaining to Durga Puja vidhi. Durga temples all over the country and abroad celebrate these five days with puja donations to poor people, distribution of food and clothes and other assistance to the poorer sections.
Kanaka Durga temple and Durga Mandir are also famous for Durga Puja celebrations. Renowned celebrities prepare for Durga Puja in a grand manner. Actress Rani Mukherjee and singer Abhijeet participate in their family Durga Puja, which are huge affairs in the Mumbai circle. Jai Maa Durga is the famous catchword which people utter all through the pujas. Durga Puja customs are elaborate and Brahmins or purohits perform the rituals.