Before the puja celebration artists are busy making and decorating
Mother Durga (below).
Festival of Durga Puja
Durga Puja (‘Worship of Durga’) is an annual festival that celebrates worship of Hindu goddess Durga. It refers to all the six days observed as Mahalaya, Shashthi , Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Bijoya Dashami. The dates of Durga Puja celebrations are set according to traditional Hindu calendar.
Durga Puja is not only the biggest Hindu festival, but also the most significant socio-cultural event in Bengali society. Durga Puja is also celebrated as a major festival in India and Nepal. Nowadays, many non-residential Bengali cultural organizations arrange for Durgotsab in the countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, Kuwait etc. In 2006, a grand Durga Puja ceremony was held in the Great Court of the British Museum.