Write an essay on durga puja.
-every festival in India has a symbolic value and in times where women are being raped,molested or assaulted on a daily basis,today more than ever the message is more pertinent,the triumph of streeshakti-the victory of good over evil brought about by Maa Durga
the epitome of female power,Mahishashurmardini
-this annual festival is celebrated over six days beginning with the advent of the mother goddess with her four children Ganesha, Kartik, Lakshmi and Saraswati to earth on Mahalaya, then five days of puja: Shashthi, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Dashami which marks the end of the festival, also known celebrated as Dushhera in the northern parts of the country
-celebrated mostly in the eastern part of the country and with pomp and splendour in West Bengal,it is a time of gaiety,new clothes,good food,company of friends and family,pandal hopping and vacation from school
-Durga worship used to take place in the ancestral homes of zamindars but gradually with the decline of the zamindar class,the pujas came out of the homes and began to be celebrated by erecting pandals on roads and parks by puja committees (baroyari or community puja),each pandal attempting to outdo each other in craftsmanship
-Durga Puja is celebrated across the world due to the diasporic presence of the Bengali community which has proliferated globally
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