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 2020 in India will begin on –
Thursday, 22 October
and ends on
Monday, 26 October
Durga Puja’s first day begins with Mahalaya, which begins the welcome of the Ma Durga.
The pompous celebrations starting 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 that you can see people lining up on the streets visiting their favorites idols across the town.
Basically, it’s the best time of the year to visit – Kolkata.
With the celebrations ending 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 Himalayas.