In this article, let’s discover the importance of this Durga Puja celebration and how it represents the very essence of hope and optimism as we take a journey through the heart and soul of Durga Puja.
Millions of people are anticipating something, as the beautiful smell of incense and the rhythmic beat of dhak drums fill the air.
Once again, it’s that time of year when Durga Puja, or Pujo as we lovingly refer to it, becomes the main event of our lives.
The extravagant decorations, lively colors, and contagious enthusiasm of the city are all alive and well, spanning decades.
With family members gathering from near and far, the city is enveloped in the soft warmth of a clear blue sky, and the air reverberates with the divine declaration, “Maa Aschen.”
Goddess Durga’s return was a celestial event that heralded the arrival of the divine feminine force, not just a festival.
The triumph of good over evil is thought to be symbolized by the appearance of Goddess Durga.
“Uma Aschen”, also known as Durga Puja, marks the return of Goddess Durga, a potent representation of the divine feminine spirit in Hinduism.
Mahalaya, the first day of Durga Puja, signifies the goddess’ arrival. Sasthi, the sixth day, marks the start of festivities and worship.
The goddess is worshiped as Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Durga during the course of the next three days. Vijayadashami, or the “Tenth Day of Victory,” marks the end of the festivities.
Delicately carved idols of the goddess somewhere seen in gold Indian Tiara/Mukut or somewhere in the streets of Cuttack, Odisha Beautiful goddesses adorned with rich background of silver filigree work are worshiped in exquisitely decorated pandals during Durga Puja.
After the 10th day the sacred idols are brought in large processions to nearby waterways and submerged there amidst loud drumbeats and chants.
The event is a celebration of culture that emphasizes women’s empowerment and the tenacity of the feminine spirit.
As we talk about the devine’s arrival, let’s also discuss more about the enthusiasm involved with the people during these days.
A crucial part of the celebrations, the pre-Puja celebration sets the tone for the main event. People immerse themselves in a frenzy of customs, festivities, and joyous preparations over these days.
Durga Puja is a time for families to get together. Family members come from all across the nation and the world to celebrate the event with one another.
A variety of meals and desserts are made ahead of time. Families enjoy the tastes of traditional cuisine, and delicious street food is available from local restaurants and vendors.
People are practicing their dance moves in anticipation of the traditional dhunuchi dance, which is done during the puja, to the rhythmic rhythms of dhak drums.
A bit of introspection happens in the middle of the chaos. Individuals pause to consider the blessings that come with Durga Puja, its spiritual significance, and its ability to inspire optimism.
The Durga Puja celebration revolves around the “pandal,” a makeshift pavilion and site of worship where rituals and ceremonies take place.
Every year, the city grants permission for more than a thousand pandals to be installed in public areas, and they soon proliferate across many neighborhood cities in India.
Pandal hopping is a spiritual adventure in addition to an artistic one. In order to pay their respects to Goddess Durga and ask for her blessings and presence, devotees go to these artistic works.
Pandal hopping has adopted contemporary technology in recent years. With various themes, 3d projections, interactive displays makes people attracted.
Even in the past, there have been Bahubali theme Pandals, and many Taj Mahals to Hawal theme Pandals. And people loved hopping in there.
But what goes behind the making of Beautiful Idols of Maa Durga.
Artisans begin preparing Durga Maa idols way ahead before the Durga Puja. It is truly a sheer wonderful experience to tour the picturesque potter’s lane in Kumortuli in Kolkata. There are different stages involved in the process of idol making.
These artists create idols that fuse modern art with tradition by carefully crafting minute elements. Every idol takes months to complete and is a labor of love.
Artists collaborate while specializing in certain facets of idol creation. The finished product is a tasteful fusion of artistry.
To ensure that their products are considerate of the environment, a growing number of artists have adopted eco-friendly materials and procedures in recent years.
The artists put up great effort to meet deadlines as Durga Puja draws near, frequently laboring late into the night to finish the idols in time for their big premiere.
As Durga Puja graces our lives, may it bring joy, peace, and togetherness to all.
Let’s celebrate this festival with utmost hope and optimism, and remember that we are stronger when we stand united.
Happy Durga Puja to everyone!