Durga Puja Festival

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Durga Puja Festival/Holiday OVERVIEW Durga Puja is a yearly Hindu festival, observed from the 6th to the 10th day of the luminous lunar phase of Ashvin(the 7th month in the Hindu lunisolar calendar). Durga Puja celebrates, with veneration, the worship of Durga, the Hindu goddess of power, who is said to have killed a buffalo-like demon called "Mahishasura. On the day of Mahalaya, the worshippers rise early to seek the face of Durga, in prayers. The worshippers are offered flowers and sweets during the festival. The Hindu priest reads from the sacred slokas of “Chandi” and then performs the Puja. KEY FACTS 1. A buffalo oblation or sacrifice in honour of Durga is performed on the Mahaashtami day. 2. Durga Puja is the largest festival/holiday of the year in West Bengal, as well as in Tripura. 3.…show more content…
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