Durga Puja 2021
Durga Puja is a part of the Navaratri festival held in many places in India. It is most religiously celebrated in North India, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh.
Out of the nine days of the Navratri festival, from the sixth day to the ninth day- the celebrations are all dedicated to Durga Devi.
Durga Puja 2021 is on October 12
When is Durga Puja celebrated?
It is celebrated during the months of September – October across India. The festival is one of the biggest festivals in West Bengal, Nepal, Bihar, Assam, Tripura, and Bangladesh.
In Nepal, it is known as Dashain.
The festival is celebrated during the entire Navratri festival and it will last for 10 whole days.
The main highlights of the Durga Puja festival are the artistic display of the Goddess Durga idols in her various forms, and then the dances and worship rituals that follow in.
Spiritual Significance of Durga Puja
Mythology reveals the history behind the birth of the grand festival.
Goddess Durga is a symbol of female strength. It is believed that she was created by the Gods to bring an end to the evil power named Mahishasura. The specialty of Mahishasura is that he has received the blessing of immortality.
Mythology reveals that Mahishasura was an arrogant and powerful king with the head of a buffalo. After years of prayers, the king pleased Lord Brahma. Finally, he asked a wish- which was that he should never be killed by any man or animal from Earth. Brahma also told him that a woman would have the power to kill him.