Why we celebrate durga puja?
Across the globe, Indians celebrate a diverse and large number of festivals and celebrations, a legacy from ancient India inspired by season changes and harvesting; that is why India is often called the land of festivals. There are some similar festivals in India which are known by different name in different parts of India but celebrated in their own regional rituals. In West Bengal and Bihar people celebrates Durga Pooja, an annual festival which revere and pays homage to the Hindu goddess Durga.
As per Hindu scriptures, the festival marks the victory of goddess Durga in her battle against the shape-shifting asura, Mahishasura. Thus, the festival represents the victory of good over evil. Durga puja coincides with Navaratri and Dussehra celebrations observed by other traditions of Hinduism.
Decorations during the festivals
Durga Puja, is a ten-day festival. The puja is performed in homes and public, the latter featuring a temporary stage and structural decorations (known as pandals). Peoples decorate the stages with Durga masks and along with other idols and dolls. The festival is observed post-monsoon harvest; the artisans begin making the sculpture-idols months before, during summer. The process begins with prayers to Ganesha and to the perceived divinity in materials such as bamboo frames in which the sculpture-idols are cast.
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History and Origins
We are celebrating Durga Pooja every year since the centuries. According to the available archeological and textual evidence goddess Durga is an ancient Hindu deity but the origin of Durga Pooja is unclear and undocumented. Surviving manuscripts from the 14th-century provide guidelines for Durga puja, while historical records suggest the royalty and wealthy families to be sponsoring major Durga Puja public festivities, since at least the 16th-century.