New Delhi: Ya devi sarvabhuteshu Vishnu-mayeti sadbita….Namas tasyai, Namas tasyai, Namas tasyai namo namah….Colourful 'pandals', cultural shows, diverse gastronomic delights and cuisines, all of them are set for festivities and gaiety in the nation as the five-day Durga Puja is going to commence from Tuesday.

Durga Puja is a celebration of the Mother Goddess, and the victory of the revered warrior Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.

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Durga Puja is celebrated for nine days, known as 'Navratra', which usually falls in the month of September or October. The glittering idols of Maa Durga are immersed in water on Vijay Dashmi also known as Dussehra.

October is the month of festivals starting from Durga Puja to the biggest festival Diwali. These are the most important festivals of Indian culture. Durga Puja is the main festival in West Bengal. It's the biggest and most important occasion for the people of the state. It’s also celebrated in other parts of the country.

Every mythological story has its beginning; the story of Goddess Durga has one too. The legend of Maa Durga has several renditions and so does the story behind Durga Puja. According to the most prevalent tale, the male gods of heaven created Devi Durga, the wrathful goddess, an incarnation of Maa Sati (Lord Shiva’s wife).

A powerful demon named, Mahishasur (born out of the union of Rambha, the demon king and a water buffalo), who could easily change his form from human to buffalo dethroned Indra, the king of Heavens. This demon was bestowed by a unique boon from Brahmadev, whereby neither Man nor God could defeat him.

Durga Puja is similar to the celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi Festival. As compared it begins with building of huge, elaborately crafted idols of Goddess Durga placed over beautifully decorated podiums all over the city. At the end of the festival, the idols are paraded through the streets and finally immersed in water.

People from all stages of life enjoy this festival with complete zeal and frolic. It is a festival that includes food as a huge portion, street stalls blossom all over Kolkata and other parts of nation as well. Also drama, dance, and cultural performances are widely held, where devotees come to admire the idols of Goddess Durga, eat, and celebrate.

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