Durga Puja - Calcutta - 2008

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    Meaning of Durga
    Durga is perhaps the most widely worshiped deity of Shakti (power). Maa Durga's divine characterization include entire Devibhagavatham is dedicated to her. Durga means one who is difficult to approach. However since she is the mother of universe she is the personification of tender love, wealth, power, beauty and all virtues.

    Implications Of The Idol
    The complete image of Goddess Durga represent destruction of evil and protection of good and reflects the point that in order to become divine one should keep one's animal instincts under control. Thus, by worshiping Durga the idea of ruthless destruction is invoked to annihilate all the desires and unfold divinity.

    Its Connotation
    ln Bengal, Goddess Durga is worshiped for nine days. In South India, an altar decorated with a stepped platform and filled with small images of gods, animals,birds,and other beings, animate and inanimate, is worshiped for nine days. This altar is known as the Kolu. People re-dedicate themselves to their profession. On this day, a child also begins to learn the alphabet in a ceremony known as aksarabhyasa. This day marks the beginning of any type of learning. One offers gifts to one's teachers, seeks their blessings,and prays for success in one's new endeavors.

    This year I couldn't afford to miss the Pujas in my home soil.

    saicode, Suma ~, Dr.p.K.Roy, and 15 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. saicode 78 months ago | reply

      beautiful!

    2. Suma ~ 78 months ago | reply

      amazing :))

    3. suche_g 78 months ago | reply

      beautiful but which place is this?

    4. Santanu Banik 78 months ago | reply

      Thanks. As far as I remember, it was one of the idols in Dhakuria area.

    5. roaringseas 78 months ago | reply

      very nice idol...very eye catching.

    6. filmwolf 78 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called THE PEOPLE'S CAFE, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    7. oakdrive 77 months ago | reply

      Jai mmata vaishno devi ji

    8. suprim 75 months ago | reply

      thats! Santanu

    9. sudeep13582 68 months ago | reply

      Simply Beautiful ....

    10. gold stripes 53 months ago | reply

      Tomorrow begins Navaraatri Celebration.
      How wonderful to see this image here.
      Thank you.

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