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2013 Durga Puja in Chennai

Durga Puja is one of the national festivals of India. Though Hindus in all the parts of India celebrate this festivals there are some differences in the way the different regions celebrate it. Chennai is the capital of Tamilnadu state which lies in the southern part of India. Durga Puja is also known as dusshera or navrathri in various parts of India. In Chennai people celebrate it with much enthusiasm. Office buildings and shops will be decorated and illuminated. The people belonging to Brahmin caste, the upper- most caste of Hindus in Tamilnadu, keep bommai kolu for ten days. It is a display of statues of gods, humans, animals and birds in an altar having nine steps. The word bommai means doll in Tamil language. Puja will be conducted in houses for these ten days and people follow vegetarianism during these days. People visit each others kolu and sing slokas and bajans.

The last three days of Durga Puja are more important to the people of Chennai. Since Durga has weapons in her hand she is considered as the goddess for weapons and instruments. The ninth day ayudha Puja or the offering of the various weapons and instruments of work for the blessing of Durga is conducted in all the industries, offices and shops. For this the premises and equipments used for the work is cleaned and Puja is performed in the premises for getting the blessing of the goddess of weapons. The children keep their books for Puja on navami day or the ninth day and start learning anew from the tenth day or the day of vijayadasami. The pavilion or pandal style of celebrating the Durga Puja as a community Puja like in west Bengal is only picking up in Chennai. During Durga Puja even the lower caste people observe vegetarianism unlike their counterparts in west Bengal.

Durga Puja Pandals in Chennai

1) Bengal Association T Nagar Durga Puja
2) Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama
3) Gnayiru Temple
4) Ramakrishna Mutt
5) Anand Mela
6) South Madras Cultural Association
7) Bihar Association Durga Puja
8) Besant Nagar Adyar Durga Puja
9) Dakshini The Bengali Association
10) South Madras Cultural Association
11) Anna Nagar Puja
12) Indira Nagar Puja
13) Madambakkam Camp Durga Puja
14) T.Nagar Durga Puja

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