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October 6, 2016: Durga Puja, one of the most auspicious, astonishing and marvellous occasion celebrated in India. Durga Puja also known as Durgotsav or Sharadotsav. The amalgamation of two words “Durga and Utsav” which unites and means the joyous occasion to celebrate the festival of Goddess Durga.

The event is the greatest and grandest occasion celebrated by the religious people with great enthusiasm in the month of Ashwin or October. It is occasion mainly celebrated in West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand, Odisha and Manipur.


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Goddess in the form of the Divine Mother is worshipped in three forms. The first three days as Durga who hold various weapons in her ten hands and rides a Lion. The other three days as Lakshmi who is the Goddess of Fortune and Wealth.

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Durga means one who is difficult to approach since she is the mother of universe. She is the personification of tender love, wealth, power, beauty and all virtues. Durga as a manifestation of Shakti or the Power of God. She assumes different forms at different times to destroy the Danavas or workers of Evil.

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On of these was Mahishasura, who was terrible demon and the dwellers of heaven does not knew how to get rid of him. Then the Goddess Durga armed with all the dazzling weapons and accompanied by her favorite Vahan (animal) the lion marched against the ferocious Danava. It resulted into the terrible victory that marks the epoch of universal rejoicing and festivity amongst the Hindus. The occasion teaches that No matter how powerful the Evil Forces are, the Ultimate victory will always be in the hands of the virtuous.

– by Jeenat Grover of NewsGram. Twitter: @JeenatG


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