Durga Puja also called Durgotsava, or Agamani is an annual Hindu festival originating in the Indian subcontinent which reveres and pays homage to the Hindu goddess, Durga.
It is particularly popular in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Tripura, and Odisha, the country of Bangladesh, and the diaspora from this region, and also in Nepal, where it is celebrated as Dashain.
The festival is also marked by scripture recitations, performance arts, revelry, gift-giving, family visits, feasting, and public processions.
Durga puja is an important festival in the Shaktism tradition of Hinduism. The festival is observed in the Indian calendar month of Ashwin, which corresponds to the months of September-October in the Gregorian calendar, and is a ten-day festival, of which the last five are of significance.
The puja is performed in homes and in the public, the latter featuring temporary stage and structural decorations (known as pandals). One such Pandal which is very famous for its Tradition and the Food Offerings. It is Bangiya Sanskritik Parishad & Pragati Sangh from Kalyan. More than 1000 devotees visit this pandal every day. Bhog made in this pandal is one of the major attractions.
The day begins with aarti and later on, an offering of the flower which is called Pushpanjali is offered to the goddess. Pushpanjali In Sanskrit term in which Pushpam means flower, Anjali means offering with folded hands. People break their fast once the pushpanjali is offered to the Goddess. After the pushpanjali, a prasad is offered to everyone which consists of fresh fruits & peda’s.
The devotees do Dhunuchi Naach in front of the goddess, which means, dance holding hot earthen bowls emanating sweet-smelling camphor and incense smoke. It is a traditional dance where devotees dance to the beats of dhaks (drums).
The earthen bowls are filled with coconut husks, lots of camphor and incense sprinkled on them and finally lit. The husks burn slowly spreading out a sweet-smelling smoke, which kind of intoxicates the devotees; they are soon into a gentle frenzy and start swaying to the beats of the dhaks.
The bhog consists of a variety of dishes. But the 3 main dishes that are always present in the bhog are, Khichuri which can be called a distinct Bengali cousin of the usual Dal Khichdi, Labra which is a mix vegetable curry and Payesh which is a pudding.
The bhog is first offered to the goddess, followed with an aarti and Dhunuchi dance, and later, the same bhog is mixed with the bhog for the devotees with chants of ” Durga maa ki Jai”.
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