Celebrating Durga Puja..!!

Durga Puja is right around the corner. It is the annual celebration of Mother Goddess, and the victory of the revered warrior Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. The festival honours the powerful female force (shakti) in the universe. On this occasion, New Age Youth spoke with students about their memories and experience of the festival.
Tell us about your memories and experience of visiting a temple during Durga Puja?

Perbon Acharjee

Parbon Acharjee

University of Dhaka

Durga puja is not just an occasion for me; it is that time of the year when I get to meet my beloved relatives in Chittagong. During the puja time, those five days are spent with my family by preparing puja materials inside temple, managing people who come to visit our temple in Chittagong, having many yummy foods throughout the week and attending a lot of invitations. We go to visit other Puja pandals around, which are always decorated based on different themes. Every year I wait for goddess Durga to come again and bless us all to lead a better life.

 

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Adrita Roy

Birshreshtha Noor Mohammad Public College.

Durga pooja brings so much happiness everywhere. They say, there’s different heavenly smell in every religious place. Like that, temple is really heavenly to me. During every Durga Puja, I always visit the temples of Manikganj. There’s this aroma of happiness and purity everywhere in temples, dhoop, dhaak-dhol  and sacred offerings — everything makes Durga Puja very enjoyable and sacred. On the day of Ashtami, I go to temple to give anjalee which is said to be one of the important parts of the day. Once I visited Dhakeshwari Temple where the Durga Puja was being celebrated in a grand way. Happiness was everywhere. And, the day was Dashami  and my mother along with other Hindu wedded ladies coloured each other with a kind of red powder named abir and prayed for peace and to protect their wedding life to Maa Durga. They also coloured Maa Durga’s temple with abir. This ritual is celebrated on the Dashami in every temple. Also when the sacred statues of Maa Durga along with Saraswati, Lakshmi, Kartikey , Ganesh are given away to any sacred river , it’s thought that Maa Durga has returned to Her in-laws’ house, in Kailash. After all, the whole environment of temple turns into a sacred environment and different level of happiness during Durga Puja. The whole world turns into a joyous place during this time.

 

Sushmita Roy

Viqarunnisa Noon School and College

The heavenly lights erupting from the puja pandal in front of my house actually constructs my permanent notion of Durga Puja. This grand festival of Hindu community, a jewel on the crown of festivity-loving Bengali people, is observed with utter solemnity and profound festivity here. This very temple becomes the epitome of the excruciating beauty of Durga coupled with her unleashed power. Durga’s victory over the Mahishashura indeed impregnates Bengali minds with emancipation and fearlessness. The temple itself metamorphosed into a heaven with Durga’s arrival along her four children over their extravagant rides. This gives birth to a new undefiled soul, deep inside my own soul. The aroma of the incenses and the scenery of the temple actually trigger the start of my Durga Puja every year.

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Nobonita Roy

University of Dhaka

If you want to experience something that truly identifies the Bengali Hindu culture and personality, you must experience Durga Puja in Shakhari Bajar. The dhaks and dhoops, the laddus and loud prayers all over the temple will make you feel festive and truly bring out the groove in your toes that you never knew you had. That coupled with the absolute thrill that is wearing new dresses and visiting all the temples one after another in the area and doing our own versions of tabulation on which one is the best is an experience by itself. Starting from Shaptami to Dashami, the shidur khelas and dancing will really set you in the mood for any temple you visit.

 

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Sujan Ghont

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh

Durga Puja starts with the first moon of Bengali month of Ashwin. The main essence of this festival deals with devotion, respect, solidarity, beauty, sympathy and love as well as harmonious coexistence of believers from different schools. I personally visit different temples during this festival. The puja starts with welcoming the goddess Durga and ends by her idol’s symbolic sacrifice in water body. Arrangements for the puja start on early morning of Shaptami. Pandits’ collect all kinds of sacrificial elements for the goddess and thus commences the formalities. The evening is allocated for devotional music, along drum players dubbed as dhakis and dancing devotees. On Asthami or the eighth day, Kumari Puja is performed. Each morning of the festival unwraps different festivity and amusement for the people which usually continue till very late night. On the tenth day, the festivity ends with the sacrifice of the idol of goddess Durga and devotees bid her farewell as well as invite her to come on the same time of the next year.

 

 

 

 

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