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Durga Puja (Worship of Durga), also referred to as Durgotsava (Festival of Durga) or Sharadotsav is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It refers to all the six days observed as Mahalaya, Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Vijayadashami (Durga Puja festival is celebrated from the sixth to the tenth day of bright lunar fortnight in the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin)

Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil.

Durga Puja also includes the worship of Shiva, who is Durga’s consort (Durga is an aspect of Goddess Parvati), in addition to Lakshmi, Saraswati with Ganesha and Kartikeya, who are considered to be Durga’s children. 

Durgotsava


Durga Puja or Durgotsava is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga.


It consists of six days observed as Mahalaya, Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadashami.


The dates of Durga Puja celebrations are set according to the traditional Hindu calendar and the fortnight corresponding to the festival is called Devi Paksha, ‘Fortnight of the Goddess’.


Devi Paksha is preceded by Mahalaya, the last day of the previous fortnight Pitri Paksha, ‘Fortnight of the Forefathers’, and is ended on Kojagori Lokkhi Puja ‘Worship of Goddess Lakshmi on Kojagori Full Moon Night’.


Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.


Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil.


By K.Nagori