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Durga Puja: Annual Hindu festival
Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsava or Sharodotsava, is an annual Hindu festival originating in the Indian subcontinent which reveres and pays homage to the Hindu goddess Durga and is also celebrated because of Durga's victory over Mahishasur. It is celebrated all over the world by hindu bengalee community but it is particularly popular and traditionally celebrated in the Indian states of West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Odisha, Tripura, and the country of Bangladesh. The festival is observed in the Indian calendar month of Ashwin, which corresponds to September–October in the Gregorian calendar. Durga Puja is a ten-day festival, of which the last five are of the most significance. The puja is performed in homes and public, the latter featuring a 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 in Kolkata has been inscribed on the Intangible cultural heritage list of UNESCO in December of 2021.

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West Bengal: Kolkata kicks off Durga Puja 2022 festivities, security beefed up for Durgotsava

Durga Puja will begin on October 1 and will go on till October 5. Durga Puja ends with Dussehra and is celebrated as a victory of good over evil.
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WB CM Mamata begins Durga Puja festivities by marking her debut as singer

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee began the Durga Puja festivities on Mahalaya by debuting as a singer in her latest album of special songs, titled ‘Utsaver Gaan’, released on Sunday.
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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said Durga Puja committees in the state must take measures to ensure that pedestrian and vehicular traffic movement are regulated well without..
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West Bengal government receives conditional approval from Calcutta HC on grant to Puja committees

On August 22, Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee made an announcement for granting Rs 60,000 crore to 43,000 community Durga Puja committees.
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TMC initiates t-shirt fashion ahead of Durga Puja to attack BJP's Amit Shah


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Amit Shah on 2-day trip to Bengal from May 5; to visit forward areas, mark Unesco’s inscription of Durga Puja


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Those who accused me of not allowing Durga Puja celebrations in Bengal should be ashamed: Mamata Banerjee

A day after UNESCO accorded a heritage tag to Durga puja in Kolkata, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday, in a dig at the opposition BJP, said those who had accused her dispensation..
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Kolkata's Durga Puja accorded 'Intangible Cultural Heritage' status by UNESCO

UNESCO accorded heritage status to Kolkata's Durga Puja festival by putting it on Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
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TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee mocks BJP over Kolkata's Durga Puja bagging Unesco heritage tag


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UNESCO heritage status to Kolkata's Durga Puja matter of great pride and joy: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday hailed UNESCO's decision to accord heritage status to Kolkata's Durga puja festival as a "matter of great pride and joy for every Indian". The UNESCO has..
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Durga Puja on Unesco's 'Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity' list


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COVID-19 cases surge in West Bengal after Durga Puja, restrictions may increase

The number of COVID-19 cases is increasing in West Bengal once again after crowds of people celebrated Durga Puja in the state.
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Rising cases in Bengal, Assam, hint at post-festive Covid spike

At least three states in the country, led by Bengal, have started showing signs of a spike in Covid-19 infections after Durga Puja/Dussehra celebrations last week, although in absolute terms the..
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Bengal sees sharp rise in COVID-19 cases after Durga Puja, most infected fully vaccinated and asymptomatic

The officials are attributing the sudden surge in cases to the lack of safety protocols followed by people during the Durga Puja festivities last week
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Attacks during Durga Puja in B'desh: MEA says mission in close contact with local authorities


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Rajasthan eases COVID-19 curbs for Navratri, Durga Puja: Check revised guidelines here

Rajasthan has decided to ease the COVID-19 guidelines in the state amid the current festival season. Check the new guidelines here.
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BREAKING: West Bengal announces further COVID-19 relaxations during Durga Puja

All shops, restaurants and bars can remain open as per normal operational hours
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COVID third wave: 'October-December crucial, preparing for surge of 4.5 to 5 lakh cases per day,' says Health Ministry

Warns about the threat of COVID-19 resurgence during Dussehra, Diwali, Durga Puja, Milan-un-Id and Christmas and wedding seasons.
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Health Ministry issues warning ahead of festive season, asks citizens to 'be alert for next three months'

Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of the Health Ministry said, "Attend Durga Pooja and Ram Leela virtually. Meet your loved ones online on Diwali."
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Bengaluru puts restrictions on Durga Puja celebrations - Read fresh guidelines here

BJP MP Tejasvi Surya has dubbed the restrictions imposed by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike on Durga Puja celebrations as discriminatory & illogical
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Kolkata Metro to increase timings and frequency of train services during Durga Puja

The runway of the Pune airport will remain shut for 14 days from Dussehra to Diwali for re-carpeting by the Indian Air Force.
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COVID-19 update: India reports 18,833 new cases in 24 hours, Durga Puja carnival cancelled

Bengal for the second year in a row decided to cancel the annual Durga Puja carnival. The state government urged people to abide by COVID protocols.
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Annual Durga puja carnival cancelled, cultural events near pandals disallowed in West Bengal


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COVID-19 restrictions in West Bengal extended till October 30: What's open, what's closed

However, in view of Durga Puja, night restrictions on the movement of people between 11 pm to 5 am between October 10 to October 20 have been relaxed.
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Delhi government permits Ramleela, Durga Puja celebrations with strict COVID-19 norms- Check guidelines here

The Delhi government has allowed citizens to celebrate Ramleela and Durga Puja while adhering to strict COVID-19 guidelines.
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Govt asks states, UTs to consider curbing imposing local restrictions for upcoming festivals

The Centre on Wednesday advised all states and UTs to actively consider imposing local restrictions for upcoming festivals like Muharram, Onam, Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi and Durga Puja and curbing..
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Love and jihad don't go together: Trinamool MP, actor Nusrat Jahan

Jahan had participated in the festivities of Durga Puja for which she came under severe attacks by radical Islamists for committing a 'sin'.
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Calcutta High Court bans sale, bursting of firecrackers on Kali Puja, Chhath Puja

The court said that guidelines, which were in place during Durga Puja such as no entry to pandals, will also be in effect during Kali Puja.
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Indian Railways to run 23 Puja Special trains for various destinations

Indian Railways has decided to run 23 Special trains for various destinations to cater to the growing demand during the ensuing Durga Puja, Dussehra, Diwali and Chhatt Puja holidays.
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PM greets Bengal on Durga Puja, calls for Covid caution


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

Modi addressed the people of West Bengal on the commencement of Durga Puja virtually and said this festival reflects the unity and strength of India.
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PM Modi addresses West Bengal, virtually joins Durga Puja celebrations


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

Sharing a picture of the idol on Twitter, Tharoor said the COVID-19 themed Durga Puja creativity is brilliantly appropriate.
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PM Modi to inaugurate Durga Puja in Bengal for the first time


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How Covid-19 will change Durga Puja festivities this year


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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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Hardship faced by migrant labourers during lockdown theme of many Durga Puja committees


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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

The guidelines say that Durga Puja may be performed in small pandals where it has been done traditionally only with the objective of performance of rituals without public participation for which the..
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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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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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