Durga Puja is the largest religious festival of the Bengali Hindu Community. It is celebrated enthusiastically both in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and by Hindu people across the world or lives abroad. As per mythology, the festival marks the victory of goddess Durga in her battle against oppressor Mahishasura.
Thus, the festival epitomizes the victory of good over evil, though it is also in part a harvest festival celebrating the goddess as the motherly power behind all of life and creation. People of other religions also shows their fraternity for jovial celebration.
The festival is also marked by decorated pandals, scripture recitations, handmade idols, local musical instruments, public processions, gift-giving, family visits, feasting and Traditional food including Coconut Naru, Veg Khichuri, Luci etc are an essential part of the celebration.
The festival is observed in the month of Ashwin, which corresponds to the months of September-October. This year Maha Saptami puja will be performed on October 5, Maha Ashtami on October 6, Maha Navami on October 7 and the festival will end with the immersion of the idols of the Goddess on Bijoya Dashami on October 8.
In India, it is particularly popular in West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Tripura, and Odisha, and the diaspora. In many other parts, it is also celebrated with other names and also in Nepal, where it is celebrated as Dashain.
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad (BPUP) General Secretary Nirmal Kumar Chattarjee in a press conference said Durga Puja will be celebrated in 31,398 permanent and temporary puja mandaps across the country this year.
The number of puja mandaps has increased by 483 this year. According to the Parishad, a total of 237 puja mandaps will worship Durga Puja in Dhaka. The number of mandaps was 234 in the last year.
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