500+ Words Essay on Durga Puja
Durga Puja is a prominent festival of India. It is celebrated by Hindus joyfully and blissfully every year. This festival is celebrated with the worship of Goddess Durga. It is dedicated to mark the end of Mahishasura. The mark of her is supposed as the symbol of the victory of good over evils.
Every year, the Durga Puja festival is celebrated from the first to the tenth day of Ashwin month. Devotees start preparations for Durga Puja at least two months before, and it is celebrated with great zeal and with different cultural dances all over India.
As stated above, this festival lasts for ten days, however, the idol and sculpture of Maa Durga are worshipped from the 7th day. On the 10th, the entire celebration is done with great pomp and show. A wide range of vibrant and cultural programs are organized to celebrate Durga Puja as well. The fact, this is the most significant festival of West Bengal in India.
You will see every street in India with a different look not only in villages but also in cities. All areas are filled with large clay idols and sculptures of Mother Durga in the very embellished and eye-grabbing way.
How does the celebration of Durga Puja festival perform in India?
People of some states in India like West Bengal, Tripura, Odisha, and Sikkim celebrate this festival ecstatically and joyfully. People who reside overseas bring holidays, especially to celebrate the Durga Puja. Even there is a celebration in schools, colleges, and government offices and all the working places get a holiday on that day. This year, Durga Puja will start on 22nd October 2020 and ends on 26th October 2020.
Maa Durga is also known as the goddess of power. The idol and sculpture of Goddess Durga have ten hands, and she looks sat on a lion. The truth is, Durga Maa keeps ten types of Asra for the destruction of sinners and Asuras. Lakshmi Maa is the goddess of prosperity and wealth. She is also considered the goddess of knowledge and education. Idols of Durga Maa are placed in the educational institutions and also pray of her recite to enhance the knowledge of the students. Statues of Lord Karthike and Ganesh are also placed near him.
A brief look at Durga Puja festival
- Nine forms of Maa Durga are worshipped for consecutive 9 days during this festival.
- It is celebrated prominently and blissfully in Assam, Bihar, Bengal, and Odisha.
- Durga Puja festival is also famous as Navratri.
- As per the Hindu calendar, the Durga Puja festival is organized from Ashwin Shukla Saptami to Dashami.
- It is considered a symbol of power. Do you know? Shri Ram Ji also worshipped Durga Maa before killing Ravana.
- Goddess Durga Maa killed a demon named Mahishasura. Since then, this day is celebrated as a festival where people truth the victory of evil over good.
- Dandiya, bhajans, and different cultural dances are performed to make this festival every excited and indelible. Even competitions are arranged during the evening of this festival.
- Durga Maa offers a special worshipped, and also bhajans are performed in the last three days of this festival.
- On the day of Dashami, the sculpture and idol of Goddess Durga Maa are immersed in the holy rivers, reservoirs, and ponds like the Lord Ganesh Ji’s idols.
History of Durga Puja
Durga Maa is believed to be the daughter of Himachal and Maneka. Moreover, it is also believed that the incarnation of Durga Maa was born after the self-immolation of Lord Bholenath’s wife, Sati. As per the history related to Durga Puja, Sati gave the incarnation of Durga Maa.
At that time, the Asura named Mahishasura began misusing his powers and strengths that caused a ruckus on Prithvi Loka and Devlok. Once Durga Maa killed the demon Mahishasura, the festival of Maa Durga began to be celebrated. She fought with Mahishasura for the entire ten days, that’s why this festival is organized by worshipping different forms of Maa Durga for nine days and immersing the idol of Mother Durga on the 10th day.
How does this festival celebrate?
In India, people of diverse states and cultures celebrate this festival according to different stories. Due to this variation, the idol of Mother Durga is also seated in different forms and ways everywhere. On this festival, a huge statue of Mother Durga is enshrined in almost every street in a city.
As per the beliefs, in some states, the idol of Mother Durga is placed or shown with Lord Shankar and two Lakshmi and Saraswati and Lakshmi, while elsewhere, it is installed with two sons Karthikeya and Ganesh. The lion is considered to be the ride of Maa Durga; thus, one of the feet of his statue is on the lion, and the other is on the chest of Mahishasura.
During the last three days of Navratri, this festival is at its peak. Special worship of Mother Durga is done on Saptami Ashtami and Navami, and in some places, big fairs and events are also organized.
In northern India, after worshipping Maa Durga on Navami day, the girls are served food, people believe that on this day, mother Durga herself comes to her home as a girl and dines. A group of immature girls visits different homes or neighbour wearing beautiful attires who get served with delicious meals and also honored with beautiful gifts and money.
In Bengal, the Maa Durga festival is celebrated so blissfully and prominently as parents call their married daughters to their home as a custom to celebrate this festival.
At the time of immersion of the idols of Maa Durga, everyone gives her blessings and wishes for happiness, prosperity, and happiness, after which all the people return to their respective homes.
A garland of colourful and vibrant flowers is decorated around Mata Durga’s neck with a gold crown placed on her head. Even a red coloured chunni or dupatta is worn over the Maa Durga’s statue. The huge idol of Maa Durga looks very amazing and eye-grabbing. She is shown grabbing different kinds of weapons in her ten hands.
Every festival in India is celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm. This festival spread mutual understanding, brotherhood, and affection among the Indian people and also those who celebrate this festival abroad also.
We all should learn the truth and morality of this festival. It also depicts the victory of good things over evil.
How the immersion of Maa Durga done in the safest way?
During the immersion day of Maa Durga, it has been noticed that the rivers and ponds become overloaded with the idols and sculptures. No proper immersion is done on that day and even after. Thus, it is recommended that the immersion of Mother Durga Ji should be done in a different manner.
People should start doing eco-friendly immersion where the river and ponds don’t be affected. Thus, try to make Maa Durga idols with chemical-free material and also make it small in sizes to keep the environment and water free from chemicals.
Wishing you all Happy Durga Puja