Durga puja (‘Worship of Durga’), also referred to as Durgotsava (‘Festival of Durga’), is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of theHindu goddess Durga. It refers to all the six days observed as Mahalaya, Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Bijoya Dashami. The dates of Durga Puja celebrations are set according to the traditional Hindu calendar and the fortnight corresponding to the festival is called Devi Paksha (‘Fortnight of the Goddess’). Devi Pakshais preceded by Mahalaya, the last day of the previous fortnight Pitri Pokkho ( ‘Fortnight of the Forefathers’), and is ended on Kojagori Lokkhi Puja ( ‘Worship of Goddess Lakshmi on Kojagori Full Moon Night’).
Durga Puja Calendar 2011
The calendar or samay suchi for Durga Puja, along with the timings, is as follows:
1st October 2011 – Panchami
2nd October 2011 – Shashti
3rd October 2011 – Saptami
4th October 2011 – Ashtami
5th October 2011 – Navami
6th October 2011 – Vijaya Dashmi
Durga Puja is widely celebrated in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Orissa and Tripura where it is a five-day annual holiday. In West Bengal and Tripura which has majority of Bengali Hindus it is the biggest festival of the year. Not only is it the biggest Hindu festival celebrated throughout the State, but it is also the most significant socio-cultural event in Bengali society. Apart from eastern India, Durga Puja is also celebrated in Delhi, UttarPradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat,Punjab, Kashmir, Karnataka and Kerala. Durga Puja is also celebrated as a major festival in Nepal and in Bangladesh where 10% population are Hindu. Nowadays, many diaspora Bengali cultural organizations arrange for Durgotsab in countries such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Singapore and Kuwait, among others. In 2006, a grand Durga Puja ceremony was held in the Great Court of the British Museum.
The prominence of Durga Puja increased gradually during the British Raj in Bengal. After the Hindu reformists identified Durga with India, she became an icon for the Indian independence movement. In the first quarter of the 20th century, the tradition of Baroyari or Community Puja was popularised due to this. After independence, Durga Puja became one of the largest celebrated festivals in the whole world.
Durga Puja also includes the worship of Shiva, who is Durga’s husband, and worship of a banana tree/kala ganch is also done (a banana tree is considered to be the wife of lord Ganesha and is called “kala bou”) in addition to Lakshmi, Saraswati,Ganesha and Kartikeya, who are considered to be Durga’s children. Modern traditions have come to include the display of decorated pandals and artistically depicted idols (murti) of Durga, exchange of Bijoya greetings and publication of Puja Annuals.
Durga Puja is an important Hindu Festival celebrated all over India with different rituals and festivities especially in eastern India. It is celebrated in the month of September/October every year.Durga Puja is one of the most important festivals in India. Durga Puja is more than a festival. It is a celebration of life, culture, popular customs and traditions. It is a time of reunion and rejuvenation to love, to share and to care.
Celebrations of Durga Puja Festival
Durga pooja is celebrated extensively all over India but West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar are the states where beautiful idols of the Mother Goddess are worshipped in elaborate pandals, durga temples for nine days, and on the tenth day, these are carried out in procession for visarjan (immersion) in a river or pond.
The festivities start with the first day called Mahalaya. It is also the day of the beginning of the countdown to the Durga Puja. The face of the goddess remains covered until the bodhon (unveiling) ritual is performed on Sasthi – the sixth day of the moon. Fast is observed on this day by women for the well being of their families.
The Goddess is worshipped as a kumari or young girl, and reveals herself in her true form Mahasaptami (the seventh day of the moon). On Mahastami (eighth day) and Mahanavami (ninth day) the celebrations reach a fever pitch. New shining clothes, smiling faces, dancing devotees, chantings of Mantras, spectacular display of lights and the rhythmic beat of dhak (drums) adds excitement to the festive Occasions. On Vijay Dashami (tenth day) the idol of Durga is immersed in water after performing customary rituals. The ten-armed goddess dazzles the devotees with her splendour and appearance of fiery valour during her short stay every year.
Durga Pooja SMS
Thousands od dreams for a destination, A small hurddle may bring interruption.Keep faith on Maa Durga.Ultimately she is Durgati nasini.
Khushiyan aapki kabhi kam na ho
Daman mein aapke koi kanta na ho
Jab bhi koi musibat aaye
Toh Maa Durga aapke saath ho
*Haapy Durga Puja*
Durga Puja Khushio ka
Ma Durga ka…. Is Durga puja Aapki Jindagi khushio se bhari ho
Duniya ujalo se roshan ho,
ghar par Maa Durga ka Aagman ho…
Happy Durga Puja..
On this auspicious occasion of Durga Puja
I wish you are blessed with prosperity and
success by Ma Durga
HAPPY DURGA PUJA
May this durga puja brings happiness to you and
fill your life with joy and prosperity.
Warm wishes on Durga Puja.
May Maa Durga empower you & ur family
With her nine swaroopa of
Name, Fame, Health, Wealth, Happiness, Humanity, Education, Bhakti & Shakti.
May goddess Durga bless you
Like she blessed Lord Rama
to fight the evil,
like he fought Ravana
Happy Durga Puja
Fortunate is the one who has learned to Admire, but not to envy.
Good Wishes for a joyous Durga Puja with plenty of Peace and Prosperity.
On this auspicious occasion of Durga Puja, I wish you are blessed with prosperity and success by Ma Durga.
HAPPY DURGA PUJA!!
Those empty spaces were my silent prayers, asking Maa Durga to guide & protect YOU always in whatever YOU do & wherever YOU are!
Himer paras lage prane
agamonir khabor peye
boner pakhi utlo geye
sishirveja notun bhore
ma asche aalo kore.
Happy durga puja!
“SHARAT” meghe vaslo Vyala-
“KASH” phule te laglo dola-
“DHAKER” upar poruk kathi-
“PUJO” Katuk fatafati.
SARODIYA-r PRITI O SUVECHHA
May maa bless you
with all her belessings and
keep you happy through-out the year!
Wishing you a Happy Durga Puja
Nav Durga bless u.
Memories of moments celebrated together
Moments that have been attached in my heart forever
Make me Miss You even more this Festival
Hope this Durga Puja brings in Good Fortune
And Long lasting happiness for you!
This Navratri, may you be blessed with good fortune
As long as Ganeshji’s trunk,
Wealth and prosperity as big as his stomach,
Happiness as sweet as his ladoos
And may your trouble be as small as his mouse.
Sarat sakal, Himer hawa
Anmone tai hariye jawa,
Kashful r Dhaker tale
Siuli nache dale dale,
Maa Eseche bachor ghure…!
Pujor hawa jagat jure…
Happy Durga Puja
As the candlelight flame
Ur life may always be happy,
As the mountain high
U move without shy,
As sunshine creates morning glory
fragrance fills years as Flory,
All darkness is far away
As light is on its way.
Wishing U all a very Happy Vijaya Dashami.