Report on Durga Pooja Festival in India.
Durga Puja also known as“Durgotsab”is an annual Hindu festival which celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess of power,“Durga or Shakti”.
It is a nine days affair in which last six days are observed with complex rituals and intricate ceremonies as Mahalaya, Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Vijaya Dashami. The dates of Durga Puja celebrations are decided according to traditional Hindu calendar and generally fall between the months of September to November according to the Gregorian calendar.
It is extensively celebrated in the Northern and Eastern states of India- West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and Tripura. Apart from these places states like Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Kashmir, Karnataka and Kerala also enthusiastically participate in the festival.
Durga Pooja has always been an integral part of the Hindu culture. This nine days festival also represent nine color of each day (which are Blue – 1st day, Yellow – 2nd Day, Green – 3rd Day, Grey – 4th Day, Orange – 5th day, White – 6th Day, Red – 7th Day, Purple – 8th Day & Pink – 9th Day). Peoples (both men and women) do fasting in this festival in which they only presume fruits, juice and water no other kind of foods stuffs are eaten during fasting of this festival.