Durga Puja is a famous festival in our state. It is also celebrated in other parts of India. In West Bengal and Orissa it is grandly celebrated. The Hindus worship the goddess Durga. There is a mythological background behind this festival. The dwellers of the earth and the heaven were tortured by the notorious demon named Mahi sasura. Even Gods were afraid of him.
On their earnest prayer and request, the goddess Durga was born from fire. As an embodiment of Shakti or strength, the Goddess Durga appeared before the demon. The demon was bewitched by her beauty and was killed by her. His death brought relief to the earth and the heaven. We celebrate this Puja in Her honour.
Durga Puja is celebrated in Autumn Season. Clay images of Durga are made and are brilliantly decorated. The Goddess has ten hands. She holds different weapons including a snake to kill the demon Mahisasura. She sits on a lion which is her holy carrier. The eighth day of the new moon in the month of Aswin is the beginning date of the Durga Puja. The Puja continues for three days.
People enjoy this festival. Schools, Colleges, and Government Offices are closed for a few days on the occasion of this festival. People staying away from their family also come to their village in this holiday and celebrate the Durga Puja festival with their family members and friends. They put on new clothes on this occasion. Barbers and carpenters worship their tools and instruments along with the goddess Durga.
The image of the Goddess Durga is worshipped in a large place. Different shops are set up temporarily. There are toy shops, restaurants and cloth shops in that place. Children gather in large number in these shops. They also buy colorful balloons.
At some places, operas and the theatres are held. Exhibitions of different articles are also held on behalf of the government. In such case adequate number of police and volunteers are kept alert at different places to control the crowd. People are warned not to take any stale and impure food. The drinking water facility is extended to the crowded spot.
The festival ends with the holy offering to the goddess Durga on the tenth day of the new moon. The immersion ceremony takes place the next day.