The silver city of Cuttack is famous for its craftsmanship on the ‘Puja Pandals’ in the form of silver tableaux during Durga Puja celebrations. People from all across India flock Cuttack city to witness these grand silver tableaux and to offer prayers to the goddess. Adorned with gold and silver jwellery, the idol of goddess Durga bedazzled all visitors. More than 250 to 500 kilograms of silver and around 20 kilograms of gold was put to construct the glittery backdrop of the idol. According to the locals, the idol alone adorned jewellery of about 50 kilograms, with the crown weighing about 20 kilograms. The grand and glittery celebration of Durga Puja in Cuttack is not just limited to Hindu religion. In Dargah market of Cuttack, Hindu- Muslims have been celebrating this festival for last 25 years. The people from various faiths donate generously for designing and decorating these mega tableaus on the occasion of Durga Puja. Although the numbers of Hindus in this region are lesser than the Muslims, the people celebrate all festivals with same fervour. The festival of Muharram falls around the same time with the festival of Dussehra. But the Muslim brothers keep sanctity of Hindu festival Dussehra as high as they observe Muharram
A three-year-old girl Trishna has been named the new Kumari of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu after her predecessor retired when she reached puberty, continuing an ancient tradition that sees young girls worshipped as ‘living goddesses’. The ceremony took place on the eighth day of the two-week-long Dashain festival. She was among four final contestants from the Shakya clan for the position of living goddess, called Kumari. The ‘Kanya’ or Kumari Puja is a ritual of worshipping a girl aged between six and twelve years, symbolizing the Kanya Kumari (virgin) form of the Goddess Durga Devi. Hindu devotees perform the Kanya Puja in front of an idol of the Goddess Durga and believe that a Kanya is a living impersonation of the goddess.
The gateway of a Durga Puja pandal collapsed due to a storm followed by strong winds in West Bengal’s East Midnapore on Wednesday. The incident which took place in Tamluk area, was captured in a mobile footage
In a bustling street of Kolkata, some women are busy offering prayers to goddess Durga, while others sit beside it on a makeshift counter handing out flyers and accepting whatever small donations come their way. These are the sex workers of Sonagachi. Ostracised by the society, the sex workers have managed to erect a marquee after five years to ensure that they celebrate ‘Durga Puja’ with gusto and not amid prejudice. ‘Durga Puja’ is an annual four-day-long festival dedicated to goddess Durga, synonymous with power and feminine force. ‘Durga Puja’ marks the victory of Durga over Mahishasura. It is believed that during the festival the goddess descends on earth to rid it of demons and bless her devotees with happiness and prosperity.
Parts of the nation are drenched in the frenzy of Durga Puja. Devotees in large numbers thronged temples and offered their prayers on the first day of Navratri on Thursday early morning. The auspicious festival is celebrated for nine consecutive days.
A woman named Monika Pal from West Bengal’s Midnapore has been making Durga idols for livelihood for the last 22 years. Initially, she started idol making to support her husband's cancer treatment in 1996, but after he died, she started it as a full-time work to support her family. Monika has won many prizes for making the best Durga idols in the Midnapore area. She makes around 15 to 16 idols every year
Devotees in various parts of the country thronged temples and marquees of Hindu goddess Durga to offer prayers on the occasion of Ram Navmi during the ongoing Hindu festival of Navratri on Friday.
The Northeast region is in the grip of festival season. The markets and temples are alive with the spirit of Durga Puja. In Agartala, the streets bore a festive look with colorful lights, intricately designed marquees and people beating drums.
Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya on Friday denied the molestation charges being levelled against him and alleged that he has fallen prey to a plot.
A woman has accused singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya of abusing and molesting her, following which an FIR was slapped against him at the Oshiwara police station in Mumbai.
A committee organising Durga Puja in Kolkata city has decided to showcase the life in enclaves in their marquee for the Hindu festival, as India and Bangladesh successfully began the exercise of exchanging land enclaves under the land boundary agreement in June this year.
Durga Puja, also referred to as 'Durgotsava' or 'Sharadotsav', is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates worship of Hindu goddess Durga.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly and his family actively participated in the farewell processions on Vijaydashmi. Video courtesy: NDTV
In a Durga Puja pandal in South Delhi, something different was to be done to grab eyeballs and win a prize. The organisers decided to 'honour' the six Olympic medallists in their theme. London Games silver medallist Vijay Kumar even visited the pandal and was keenly impressed. Video courtesy: NDTV
President Pranab Mukherjee is spending four days of Durga Puja at Mirati, his native village in West Bengal. He is the chief pujari at his home and locals are flocking to participate in celebrations presided over by the president of the country. Video courtesy: NDTV
Durga puja is being celebrated in many parts of the country, and not only West Bengal. We take a look at celebrations in Bhopal. In all, there are about 500 big and small beautifully decorated and innovatively lit puja pandals around the city. Video courtesy: NDTV
Aishwarya celebrates Durga Puja
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