Chaitra Navratri, Durga Puja Festival

Chaitra Navratri in Year 2014 :

Chaitra Navratri in 2014 is on 31 March and will continue for 8 days until Friday, the 10 April. Chaitra Navratri is also

Navratri Mata

Maa Amba

known as Vasanta Navratri. Chaitra Navratri is nine days festival, which starts on the first day of Hindu calendar. It is celebrated in the months of March or April. Chaitra is the first month of Hindu calendar. Vasanta Navratri is also known as Rama Navratri. All nine days of Navratri are dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti.

This Chaitra Navratri is more popular in India. Navratri is a Hindu festival of worship and dance.  These festivals of nine nights in Hinduism are referred to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. It is also known as Spring Navratri or Basant Navratri. As this Navratri relates with Ram Navami, it also referred as Ram Navratri.

All nine days the devotees of Devi keep fast. On end of the Navratri, the devotees invite group of nine girls for the lunch as representing Durga. The head of the family washes their feet; provide a meal as halwa, puris, black chana and yogurt with (more…)

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Durga Puja Festival :

Durga Puja is a religious festival which marks the victory of good over evil. Mahishasura, the buffalo-demon was slayed by the 10-armed goddess Durga to restore peace and happiness.

Durga puja is celebrated throughout India but the state of West Bengal favours and celebrates with a fervour that is unmatched.

Durga puja is celebrated during the month of Aswin according to the Hindu calendar. It is a 9 day celebration starting from Mahalaya. Skilled and artistic pandals are built in every nook and corner, of every street of East India. The cities and the villages start preparing for this special festival days ago its onset. During Durga puja the streets are the most crowded. The pavement becomes so over-crowded that there is a standing risk of stamped.

This over-crowdedness can lead to many unwanted and sad accidents. To avoid such tragic happening the Government of this state in joint venture with the Traffic and Police department has introduced a series of tours which are held within the cities and the state. Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal is the busiest and the most crowded place during Durga puja. Daily tours are organized for the devotees and the pandal -hoppers to visit all the pandals in a civilized and organized manner. Tours are also organized throughout India for the worshippers of Maa Durga to visit West Bengal. Train and plane journeys are available for those who are non-West Bengal residents.

More than 2000 puja pandals are created artistically throughout West Bengal. These pandals are huge and extended by the vendors, a stage for the live talent show of the locals, organized dance and music competitions, pandal organizers and the pandal-hoppers. (more…)

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