Wish you a happy Durga Puja
Goddess Durga or Maa Durga is worshiped in many forms. (Read my blog on Durga puja for details). Sometimes idols are made based on the theme. In fact the Durga puja in Kolkata has gradually shifted towards competitions of artistic creativity and every puja committee tries to exhibit their creativity on Goddess Durga as well as on the Pandals (It is the place,where the idol is placed). So alongwith the puja, we just experience different kinds of beautiful creativities, arts and art forms during 4 days of Durga puja. The beautiful pandal below, is made of wood, bamboo,straw and cloths. It has successfully depicted a temple with wonderful lightings to create a true ambiance of a temple or a place of worship. There are arts works on the walls and pillers which are not visible in the photograph. This type of creative works with so much perfection are not seen in any part of India.
Since time immemorial Goddess Durga has been worshipped as the supreme power. The word “Durga” in Sanskrit means a fort, or a place which is difficult to overrun. Another meaning of “Durga” is “Durgatinashini,” which literally translates into “the one who eliminates sufferings.” Thus, as per Hindu believe goddess Durga protects her devotees from the evils of the world and at the same time removes their miseries.
There are many incarnations of Durga, some of them are – Kali, Bhavani, Ambika, Gauri, Rajeswari, etc.. Durga incarnated as the united power of all divine beings, who offered her the required physical attributes and weapons to kill the demon “Mahishasur”. She killed the demon Mahishasur and thats why she is also known as Mahishasurmardini.