Durga Puja & Ravan Dahan

Durga puja & Ravan Dahan

Durga puja is the largest festival for Bengalis as It originated from Kolkata many years ago.

Durga puja, Durgotsava, Vijaydashmi or Sharodotsava is a yearly Hindu festival that is celebrated in the Indian subcontinent that honours and reveres the Hindu Goddess Durga and celebrates Goddess Durga’s victory over Mahishasura.

While, Ravan Dahan _ On the same day, somewhere in a different era, Ravana was killed by Lord Rama. In today’s India, Ramlila is organized for the last 9 nights and Ravana Dahan marks the day where good triumphs over evil.

In the significance of Durga Puja,
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma granted the demon Mahishasura the boon of invincibility, which meant that no man or god could kill him. After receiving the blessing, Mahishasura attacked the gods and chased them out of heaven. To defeat the demon king, all the gods gathered to worship Adi Shakti. Maa Durga was created by the divine light that emanated from all the gods during the puja.

The first day of Durga Puja marks the arrival of the goddess and is called Mahalaya.

On the sixth day, Sasthi celebrations and worship begin. The goddess is worshipped in her various forms as Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati over the next three days. Maa Durga’s battle with Mahishasura lasted ten days. On the tenth day, Goddess Durga slew the demon king, and thus the day is celebrated as Vijaya Dashami, symbolising the triumph of good over evil.

While , From the 1st to 9th day , Ram-Leela events happen all over the country celebrating festival.

On the last day, devotees immerse Goddess Durga’s idol in the holy Ganges water. It is referred to as Durga Visarjan. Worshippers march in procession before the immersion, accompanied by drumming, singing, and dancing.

While on the same last day people do Ravan Dahan as Lord Ram killed Ravan.

# Both the events Durga Puja and Ravan dahan take place on the day of Vijayadashami. The myth and motive behind these two events is the end of Evil by God.
#Victory of God upon Evil.