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Durga Puja: Hindu festival
Durga Puja, also called Durgotsava, is an annual Hindu festival originating in the Indian subcontinent which reveres and pays homage to the Hindu goddess, Durga. It is particularly popular and traditionally celebrated in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Odisha, Tripura and the country of Bangladesh, and the diaspora from this region, and also in Mithilanchal regions of Bihar and Nepal. The festival is observed in the Indian calendar month of Ashwin, which corresponds to the months of September–October in the Gregorian calendar, and is a ten-day festival, of which the last five are of significance. The puja is performed in homes and in the public, the latter featuring temporary stage and structural decorations. The festival is also marked by scripture recitations, performance arts, revelry, gift giving, family visits, feasting, and public processions. Durga puja is an important festival in the Shaktism tradition of Hinduism.

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Immersion of Goddess Durga idols takes place in Guwahati [Video]

Immersion of Goddess Durga idols takes place in Guwahati

Goddess Durga idol immersion took place in Guwahati on October 26. Every year, devotees celebrate the festival with zeal and zest. This year, Durga Puja was celebrated with restrain due to COVID-19.

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Women culminate Durga Puja with 'Sindur Khela' [Video]

Women culminate Durga Puja with 'Sindur Khela'

To mark the end of Durga Puja, women in Kolkata participated in 'Sindur Khela' ceremony on October 26. The ceremony took place at a Durga Puja pandal. Bengali community immerses the clay idol of the..

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Hindu festival season scaled down due to coronavirus [Video]

Hindu festival season scaled down due to coronavirus

The colourful Hindu festivals of Durga Puja and Dussehra have been scaled down this year in India due to the coronavirus pandemic.View on euronews

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PM Modi urges everyone to ensure 'do gaj ki doori' during Durga Puja celebrations [Video]

PM Modi urges everyone to ensure 'do gaj ki doori' during Durga Puja celebrations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended commencement of Durga Puja celebrations in West Bengal's Kolkata. The event took place via video conferencing on October 22. PM Modi's address on this occasion was..

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PM Modi attends commencement of Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata [Video]

PM Modi attends commencement of Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended commencement of Durga Puja celebrations in West Bengal's Kolkata. The event took place via video conferencing on October 22. PM Modi's address on this occasion was..

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Preparations underway ahead of PM Modi's address on commencement of Durga Puja in Bengal [Video]

Preparations underway ahead of PM Modi's address on commencement of Durga Puja in Bengal

In the view of COVID-19 pandemic, Durga Puja is being celebrated across India with full zest. Women in Kolkata's Salt Lake performed the rituals at pandal of Maa Durga with utmost spiritual fervour on..

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With face-mask, 'do gaj ki doori', Prayagraj's Durga Puja pandal organizers ready to welcome devotees [Video]

With face-mask, 'do gaj ki doori', Prayagraj's Durga Puja pandal organizers ready to welcome devotees

In Prayagraj, Durga Puja Pandal organizers is ready to welcome devotees but with precautions. Due to COVID-19, Durga Puja will be different this year. No person will be allowed at the pandal without..

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Watch: Final preparations of Durga Puja underway in Kolkata [Video]

Watch: Final preparations of Durga Puja underway in Kolkata

Festive zeal for Durga Puja has surrounded City of Joy. 'Dhaakis' played 'dhaak' (drums) as a part of the final preparation in Salt Lake. PM Narendra Modi will virtually address people of West Bengal..

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Nepal's idol makers get low sales ahead of annual Hindu festivals amid pandemic [Video]

Nepal's idol makers get low sales ahead of annual Hindu festivals amid pandemic

Made with clay and hay straws, these life-like Durga idols are the product of days of hard labour of the idol-makers. The idols-makers start in much ahead of the biggest festival Durga Puja in the..

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CM Soren hands over appointment letters to newly recruited DSOs in Ranchi [Video]

CM Soren hands over appointment letters to newly recruited DSOs in Ranchi

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on October 08 handed over appointment letters to 24 newly recruited District Sports Officers (DSOs). The posting of district sports officers was done through..

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Durga Puja: No idol worship in Dibrugarh due to COVID [Video]

Durga Puja: No idol worship in Dibrugarh due to COVID

As celebration of Durga Puja has became a big challenge amid the COVID-19, Dibrugarh administration has decided to avoid idol worshipping this year. "Due to COVID-19 this year, we held a meeting idol..

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PM Modi inaugurates Durga Puja in West Bengal, urges people to follow 'do gaj ki doori'

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Goddess killing coronavirus: Shashi Tharoor all praises for COVID-19 themed Durga idol

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Covid-19: Calcutta high court orders all Durga Puja pandals in Bengal be declared no-entry zones

The Calcutta high court on Monday ordered that all Durga Puja pandals across the state be declared no-entry zones to prevent the spread of Covid-19. For small pandals, barricades will have to be put up..
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Will urge PM to give message to people to follow Covid safety norms in Durga Puja: BJP

"We would request Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji to give a message to people before Durga Puja regarding Covid-19 safety precautions. Durga Puja is the biggest festival of Bengal, but we have to be..
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After Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand govt allows Durga Puja celebrations amid strict COVID-19 guidelines

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No Durga Puja pandals in UP this year, orders Yogi Adityanath

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday, September 28, announced that in view of coronavirus (COVID-19), public events to celebrate Durga Puja will not be allowed in Uttar Pradesh.
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Durga Puja 2020: Mamata Banerjee doubles grant to West Bengal pandal committees to Rs 50,000 each

The government announced an amount of Rs 50,000 each to be given to 28,000 Durga Puja committees in West Bengal. The amount has been doubled from the last year's Rs 25,000.
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Mamata Banerjee announces grant of Rs 50,000 to each Durga Puja committee of Bengal

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced a grant of Rs 50,000 to each Durga Puja committee in the state. The chief minister also announced a one time grant of Rs 2,000 for..
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Durga Puja, Diwali Unlock Guideline News: Big announcement as Durga Puja to miss an integral element

The Madhya Pradesh government's Department of Home has released its Unlock guidelines for the Durga Puja and Diwali festive season.
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'Prove me wrong, I'll do 100 sit-ups': Mamata Banerjee claims West Bengal govt never said there will be no Durga Puja

Mamata Banerjee slammed the fake news doing the rounds on social media with a claim that there would be restrictions on the most celebrated festival of Bengalis in the state, Durga Puja, this year.
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West Bengal: Schools, colleges to remain closed till August 31, likely to reopen on Teachers' Day

Mamata stated that the administration is thinking of reopening schools from September 5 which incidentally also happens to be Teachers' Day, and continue classes till Durga Puja.
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Organizers across Kolkata and Europe plan Durga puja in Covid era


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Chinese envoy attends Durga Puja event in Beijing

Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Zha Liyou attended Durga Puja celebrations held in the auditorium of the Indian Embassy in Beijing on Saturday. This is the first time that a senior Chinese official..
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Felt insulted at Durga Puja carnival: Bengal governor

According to sources, West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar was not happy with the sitting arrangement at Friday's carnival, organized by the TMC government to showcase some of the big-ticket pujas...
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After Islamic cleric slams Nusrat Jahan, BJP MP questions Mamata's silence

Days after an Islamic cleric criticised TMC MP Nusrat Jahan for performing Durga Puja, Union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Debasree Chaudhuri has come out in support of Nusrat and..
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President Kovind, PM Modi extend greetings on Durga Ashtami

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday extended their greetings on the occasion of Durga Ashtami. Durga Ashtami is celebrated on the 8th day of Durga Puja or Navratri...
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Watch: Surgical Strike themed tableau at Durga Puja pandal in MP's Bhopal

In the tableau, mannequins of terrorists and Indian Army soldiers can be seen firing their guns at each other. Some terrorists dressed in black clothes are depicted to be attacking the soldiers.
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Bihar: Flood dampens Durga Puja spirit in Patna

After Durga Puja pandals were thrown open for viewing today, the seventh 'Navratri', the footfall at many places like Rajendra Nagar and Kadamkuna was not so impressive.
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Mumbai: A glimpse of home for Zaveri Bazaar's karigars from West Bengal

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Durga Puja: ISRO-themed pandal in Guwahati celebrates 100th birth anniversary of Vikram Sarabhai

The pandal has been designed by Chatribari Sarbajanin Debo Pujasthan Samity.
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Durga Puja: 50 kg gold idol installed in Kolkata pandal

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Trinamool Congress to hold dharna against I-T lens on Durga Puja committees

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Mamata slams BJP for IT notice to Durga Puja organisers

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'BJP talk of Hindu religion and then try to collect income tax': Mamata flays BJP for IT notice to Durga Puja organisers

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