Durga Puja in Kolkata
Durga Puja is a famous festival in Kolkata, celebrated in the month of Ashwin for four days- Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Dashami. It is a festival of goddess durga, marks the symbol of good over evil. A battle of Goddess durga with mahishashura and the ultimate victory of durga maa. Durga maa carries ten weapons on ten arms and has two daughters- Saraswati and Lakhsmi. Lakhsmi is the goddess of prosperity and wealth and saraswati for knowledge and two sons, Kartik and Ganesh.
Kolkata is popular for its pandals, based on different interesting themes. Pandal hopping is the most loved activity of kolkatans. Priests perform arti, greets maa durga by waiving lamps during the evening of all the four days. Flowers and sweets are offered to Maa durga.
Bengalis buy new clothes for puja and wear it on the four days and love to visit different pandals, taste sumptuous food and enjoy the four days. To wear new dresses shopping begins one month before the puja, huge crowds are spotted at the market places and shopping malls.
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