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Is Durga Puja Performed at Home?

Why is Durga Puja not performed at home? Why is Durga Puja a community affair? How to perform Durga Puja at Home? These are some of questions for which people are trying to find answers. Firstly, Durga Puja is largely a community festival. It is today more of a social event even though the festival has religious roots. The entire community in an area pays homage to Goddess Durga on the day through the community pujas. This does not mean that Durga Puja is not held at home. Zamindari households perform Durga Puja at home. Even today there are several Zamindari households which maintain the tradition of performing Durga Puja.Elaborate rituals are the main reason for not performing Durga Puja at home. A Priest is a must for performing the elaborate rituals. It is very hard to get a priest during Durga Puja period. Many Durga Puja committees are finding it difficult to get a qualified priest during the puja period.Durga Puja idols are huge and they are costly too. Miniature Durga idols ar…

Importance of Sashthi in Durga Puja

The main function of Durga Puja begins on the Maha Sashthi or Sasthi day. It is considered as the unofficial first day of Durga Puja. On this day, the idols of Goddess Durga along with her four children, Ganesha, Kartik (Muruga), Lakshmi and Saraswathi are installed in the Durga Puja Pandals. Bodhan and special pujas are done on the dayIt must be noted here that in Bengal Lakshmi and Saraswathi are considered as the children of Goddess Durga. Hindus in other parts might raise an eyebrow when Lakshmi and Saraswathi are referred as children of Durga. In Bengal, along with the Mahishasura Mardini myth, there is another Durga Puja myth which suggests that Goddess Durga along with children comes to visit earth during the period.The most important puja on the day is known as Bodhan, in which the idol is unveiled. Women keep fast on the day and it is broken in the evening with fruits and luchis or puris. Luchis are a must on the day in many Bengali houses.

A list of Popular Durga Puja Pandals in Kolkata in 2007

The Durga Puja Pandal themes in 2007 in Kolkata have garnered worldwide attraction thanks to the Durga Puja Harry Potter Pandal controversy. Traditionalists scoff at the Durga Puja theme but major puja committees in Kolkata compete against each other to attract the maximum crowd. The healthy competition among the Puja Pandals create a treat for the eye to see something totally unexpected; at times some forgotten page from India’s history and other times touching some burning issues.There are no criteria for this list. It is purely based on unique themes and that are attracting attention of people and media.The Durga Puja pandal at F.D. Block in SaltLake based on the HogwartsCastle pandal, replica of Harry Potter's school of magic, has already become famous and popular due to the 2 million rupees copyright infringement case. This Pandal is being discussed around the world and is sure attract a large crowd. The Suruchi Sangha Puja in New Alipore is based on Gujarat’s famous Bhunga h…

Vivekachudamani Quotes

The pain of something like a weight on the head can be removed by others, but the pain of things like hunger can be put an end to by no-one but oneself. A sick man is seen to get better by taking the appropriate medicine - not through treatment undertaken by others. Reality can be experienced only with the eye of understanding, not just by a scholar. What the moon is like must be seen with one's own eyes. How can others do it for you?
Who but yourself can free you from the bonds of the fetters of things like ignorance, lust and the consequences of your actions - even in hundreds of thousands of years?
Liberation is achieved not by observances or by analysis, nor by deeds or learning, but only by the realization of one's oneness with God, and by no other means.
Vivekachudamani (52 – 56) by Adi Shankaracharya