Durga puja 2020 – सर्वमंगल मांगल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थ साधिके। शरण्ये त्र्यंबके गौरी नारायणि नमोऽस्तुते।।
The above written is the divine mantra of Goddess Durga, which is believed to fulfill your wish if you ask wholeheartedly.
Durga Puja or Durgotsva is a Hindu festival (though all religions participate in this with full enthusiasm) that originated in the Indian subcontinent and is celebrated every year from the sixth to the tenth day in the Ashwin month (seventh month according to Hindu calendar).
Though it is majorly celebrated in Bengal, Assam, and other eastern states as Indians need a reason to celebrate something, it is also celebrated in other parts of the countries like Delhi, Mumbai, and major cities.
But there is no doubt that the celebrations of Bengal have no comparison. People from all over India and even from different parts of the world visit Kolkata, Assam, and Bengal places to participate in this festival.
Goddess Durga, History and Independence:
The festival is also celebrated as a victory over the darkness of Demon Mahishasur, who got a boon from Deity Brahma that no man in the whole universe can kill him.
He didn’t even bother to include females in his boon as he thought that females are no threat to him. Still, then Goddess Parvati, incarnated as Goddess Durga symbolizes women’s power, and she killed the demon Mahishasur to protect the universe.
But how this festival is related to India’s Independence:
As said, this festival is celebrated at its grandeur in Assam, and the festival symbolizes power and victory. The aura of this festival was so strong that Goddess Durga became an essential part Indian independence movement. Later, the movement made this festival to be celebrated in the whole world.
How do we celebrate this festival?
If you are at any place located in Bengal or Assam, the point where you will stand and see in any direction, you will surely not witness any darkness around.
All the streets, homes, shops, pandals, temples…anything you say, will be decorated with beautiful lights and Diyas (pot lamps).
Many places must be organizing Led shows, and you will hear the temple bells and loud chants all around in happiness. Schools and colleges get ten-day off for this grand celebration.
People worship, devotees present Indian culture dance to Goddess Durga, All the ladies will be seen in Bengali Saree dressed up graciously.
The puja is the five-day continuous festival in West Bengal, Siliguri, and Kolkata, and all three places will give you mesmerizing, enchanting, and unforgettable life memories.
Durga puja 2020 – During Covid Celebrations:
Well, 2020 has been the roughest year of this generation, and even for the elder generation, there are no gatherings, no celebrations, and nothing is going on.
The government has banned the celebrations of Durga Puja 2020, and the people have filed a petition against it to get the celebration permission with measures, but we know that there will be no traveling much this year. It brings us to the question of how people will celebrate?
Durga puja means victory over darkness, and we think & wish that people should wake up with the happiest mood, prepare everything as they do each year and if there are no gatherings then also they should practice their prayers, food, gifts at their home or with their neighbors by taking all the precautions.
Why not make a virtual celebration record? Streets will be decorated, make them reach everyone if everyone can’t come…what say!
Frequently asked question (FAQ) :
1. How is Durga Puja celebrated?
Durga puja is a ten-day celebration.
Day 1st – The festival starts with Mahalaya. On this day, Hindus perform tarpaṇa by offering water and food to their dead ancestors. This day marks the beginning of Durga from her mythological marital home high up in Kailash.
Day 6th – The sixth day (Sashthi) is the significant day of the festival, on which devotees welcome the goddess and marks the beginning of festive celebrations.
Day 7th – The seventh day (Saptami),
Day 8th – The eighth day (Ashtami)
Day 9th – The Ninth (Navami) days, the goddess and Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha, and Kartikeya are revered. This day is the main day of worship. Scriptures and puja are recited. People socialize and visit the decorated and illuminated pandals (temporary stage and structure built for hosting the puja).
2. Why is Durga Puja celebrated?
Durga Puja celebrates the victory of the goddess Durga over the demon king Mahishasura.
3. When does the Durga puja start? Durga puja date 2020
|Mahalaya||Tuesday||15 or 17 Sep 2020|
|Maha Panchami||Wednesday||21 October 2020|
|Maha Sashti||Thursday||22 October 2020|
|Maha Saptami||Friday||23 October 2020|
|Maha Ashtami||Saturday||24 October 2020|
|Maha Navami||Sunday||25 October 2020|
|Vijaya Dashami||Monday||26 October 2020|
For more detailed read, you may visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durga_Puja
You may also want to read about The Story of Shri Ranganathaswamy Temple.