Durga Puja, also popularly known as Durgotsava, is an annual Hindu festival originating in the India Subcontinent with deep admiration and pays homage to the goddess, Durga!
This day marks the victory of the Goddess Durga over the demon King Mahishasura. It starts on the same day as Navratri, a nine-day festival celebrating the feminine power in its divine form.
This year, Durga Puja 2022 in India will begin on –
Thursday, 1st October, 2022
and ends on
Monday, 5th October, 2022
Durga Puja’s first day begins with Mahalaya, which bgins the welcome of the Ma Durga.
The pompous celebrations start on Sashti, the sixth day. And in the next three days, the goddess Durga is worshipped in her various forms which are Durga, Laxmi, and Saraswati!
It is a blissful time of the year when Ma Durga joins us filling the City of Kolkata with lights, joy, and festivity.
The City bubbles with so much joy, so you can see people lining up on the streets to visit their favorite idols across the town.
It’s the best time of the year to visit – Kolkata.
The celebrations end with Vijaya Dashmi also known as the Tenth Day of Victory, and amid loud drum beats and chants, idols are carried over in long processions to the nearest rivers.
This is symbolic, marking the return of the goddess to her home and to her husband, Shiva, who resides in the Himalayas.
Stay tuned till the end of the post, where I will take you to Kumartuli where you can see how the Ma is decorated and gets ready for the most anticipated festival of Bengali community.