Durga Puja Festival observed in Ashwin month which is truly committed to goddess Durga. Goddess Durga represents the female power or energy. She has many different forms like Naina Devi, Chamunda Mata, Karni Mata, Mahakali, Maa Vaishno, Devi Shakti etc.
Different culture and philosophy are available in India. In India people of various regions have their own local rituals and traditions so they also use varied rituals to worship goddess Durga.
Various types of Durga Pooja :
There are various states in India. All states have their native customs that causes we find diversity in worship of goddess Durga.
Durga Puja In Gujarat state
Durga puja falls on the famous occasion of Navratri. It is devoted to Amba Mata. Garba dance is an integral part of the Navratri festival. Nine forms of goddess Durga are worshipped during this celebration.
Durga Puja In West Bengal State
Durga puja festival is observed as a five day long celebration in West Bengal. It begins with Mahalaya day. Devotees believed that on this occasion goddess Durga assigned a work of removing the evils or negativities. In West Bengal Durga puja is also called Akal Bodhon.
Durga Puja In Jammu and Kashmir State
Although there are a minority of Hindu people but they celebrate this festival with a great joy and demonstration. Kashmiri people grow seeds of barley in the soil pots. People supposed that well flourishing barley grains represents prosperity or success.
Durga Puja In Maharashtra State
In this area Durga puja festival is observed as a fun occasion. On this day devotees establish an idol of goddess Durga at their houses and they decorate the idol with garland. There is a ritual to put a new garland every day but not to eliminate the old garland. After the end of nine days celebration all these garlands are eliminated together.
Durga Puja In Kerala State
In Kerala Durga puja represents the starting of formal education for those children who are 3-5 years old. On the occasion of navmi goddess Saraswati is worshipped. Books are also worshipped on this day.
Durga Puja Festival In Year 2014
Date of the Durga Puja Festival is : 30 September to 4th October.