Durga Puja

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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.


'Durga Puja curbed, forced cow slaughter on Eid': Yogi's poll pitch in Bengal [Video]

'Durga Puja curbed, forced cow slaughter on Eid': Yogi's poll pitch in Bengal

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party in West Bengal's Malda on March 2. One of the main themes of his speech was the claim that the Hindu religion is..

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Watch: 'Jai Shree Ram' slogans echoed at Amit Shah's rally in South 24 Parganas [Video]

Watch: 'Jai Shree Ram' slogans echoed at Amit Shah's rally in South 24 Parganas

'Jai Shree Ram' slogans echoed during Union Home Minister Amit Shah's address in South 24 Parganas. He accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of stopping 'Saraswati pujan' in schools. Amit Shah said,..

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PM Modi addresses West Bengal, virtually joins Durga Puja celebrations

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

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

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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

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