Durga Puja, also called Durgotsava and Navaratri, is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Durga Puja is the most significant and eagerly awaited Hindu festival in West Bengal. It is also the most significant socio-cultural event of the state. The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin, typically September or October of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration of the festival occurs on five consecutive days: Sasthi, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Dasami. It is another festival that depicts the triumph of Good over Evil as it is celebrates the victory of goddess Durga over demon Mahisasura.
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Five famous pandals visited on Saptami in Kolkata.
Durga Puja, also referred to as Durgotsava (Festival of Durga), is a famous annual Hindu festival marked by worship of goddess Durga over the last five days of Navratri, in the Ashwin month of the Hindu calendar. These five days are observed as Sasthi, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Vijayadasami. The festivities culminate on the tenth day on Vijayadasami when Durga idols are carried out in grand procession and immersed in the river or other water bodies. Durga Puja is a festivity of Good (goddess Durga) over Evil (demon Mahisasura). It is a worship of power of Good which always wins over the bad.
Five famous pandals visited on Sasthi in Kolkata.
Durga Puja is one of the biggest Hindu festivals in India that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and grandeur. Durga Puja is also known as Durgotsava and Sharadotsava. Durga Puja is particularly a significant festival of West Bengal. For Bangalis, it is a five days long festival celebration which is been observed as Sasthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadasami. The festival begins on Sasthi and ends on Dasami when the idol of goddess Durga is immersed into the rivers or any other water bodies. Festival of Durga Puja epitomises the triumph of Good (goddess Durga) over Evil (Mahisasura the demon). It is a worship of power of good which always wins over the evil.
Nine forms of Goddess Durga worshiped during nine days of Navratri.
Festival of Navratri (literally nine nights), also spelled Navaratri or Navarathri, is a significant nine-day Hindu festival celebrated in the autumn every year. There are four seasonal Navratri. Sharad Navratri is the most popular and significant of all four. That is why Sharad Navratri is also known as Maha Navratri. The festival, which marks the worship of Goddess Durga, begins today on September 21, 2017 with religious fervor and gaiety.
Mahalaya marks the beginning of Durga Puja.
Mahalaya is celebrated to mark the beginning of the ‘Devi Paksha’ and the end of the ‘Pitru Paksha’ (Shraddha or the mourning period). On this day, most Bengalis wake up in the pre-dawn hours at 4 am to tune into the ‘Mahisasura Mardini’ broadcast. The countdown to Durga Puja, one of the biggest festivals in India, begins from Mahalaya.
Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, wisdom and good luck.
Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a ten day Hindu festival celebrated to honour God Ganesha’s birthday. Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha’s elephant head makes him easy to identify. He is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Ganesha is known by 108 different names, and is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom. Lord Ganesha is worshipped by the believers at the beginning of any new ventures based on the belief that Ganesha can take away any obstacle that may come around. Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 begins on Friday, August 25 and ends on Tuesday, September 5.
The decent of supreme being on earth for the ascent of man.
Krishna Janmashtami or simply Janmashtami, also known as Krishnashtami, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti, Saatam Aatham, Dahi Handi, is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. It is observed according to Hindu lunar calendar, on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the month of Shravana (overlaps with August and September of the Gregorian calendar). Janmashtami falls on August 14 in 2017 for Smarta Sampradaya. For Vaishanava Sampradaya and ISKCON Janmashtami falls on August 15 in 2017.
May eternal bond of a sister and brother strengthen so hard that no one could break it.
Raksha Bandhan, or simply Rakhi (sacred thread of love) is an ancient Hindu festival, celebrated in India and Nepal. Raksha bandhan means Bond of Protection. The festival is observed in Shravana month during Purnima (full moon) day, and typically falls in Gregorian calendar month of August. In 2017, it is celebrated on August 7.
The great night of the worship of God Shiva.
Maha Shivaratri or ‘Great Night of Shiva’ is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in reverence of the God Shiva. It marks the convergence of divine powers of God Shiva and Goddess Shakti. On the auspicious day, devotees observe fast and keep vigil all night. Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on the Krishna Paksha Trayodashi or Chaturdashi of Hindu calendar month Phalguna which falls in February or March as per the Gregorian calendar.