Durga Puja is celebrated with joy all over India especially West Bengal.People send Durja Puja gifts to dear ones and express good wishes to them. Durga Puja is celebrated in the autumn months of September-October. Calcutta and other parts of Bengal, where the festivals are most grandly celebrated and it is considered utmost important to worship Goddess Durga on this day. Devotees line up from the early hours to offer flowers(anjali). After the prayers, the Prasad (sacred food) is distributed. Priests perform rituals by chanting religious verses.Bengalies prefer non-vegetarian foods in this day.
Local TV news channels air special programs during the festive time. The special Puja editions of Bengali magazines normally hit the stands by the auspicious day of Mahalaya.Kumartuli’s artisans were originally from Krisnanagar and other parts of Nadia district of Bengal.Initially,during the season,they rented houses in Kumartuli aarea of North Calcutta and left after the festive season.After the population of Calcutta increases, they also live permanently in the area.This year Bagbazar Sarbojanin,Ekdalia Evergreen,Chalta bagan,College Square,Md.Ali park,Santosh Mitra Square,Madoxx Square,Surachi Sangha,Park Circus,Barisha Club,Sri Bhumi Sporting Club,Salt Lake FD Block,Garia Metali Sangha,Babu Bagan,Badamtala Asar Sangha get full marks for arranging such pujas.
The four days of Puja (Autumn Festival) start from Oct. 3 the sixth day of the full moon that follows the Mahalaya and ends up with the Bijaya Dashami. According to Hindu scriptures, Durga is the wife of God Shiva, the Hindu Goddess emerged when evil forces threatened the very existence of the Gods.Durga killed the powerful demon Mahishasur.