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2017 Durga Puja in Patna

Durga Puja is a popular festival in Bihar. Like all the other parts of India, Bihar also celebrates it with great fervor. Number nine is considered as auspicious by the Hindus as it is considered as a complete number and there are nine planets. Durga Puja is also called as navrathri or the nine nights. The goddess Durga is worshipped in different forms during these nine nights. Durga is considered as the cosmic mother as she protected the earth from evil demon.

During Patna durga Puja many statues and replicas of temples are made by artisans and are kept in community worship places called pandals or pavilions. These pandals are decorated beautifully using flowers and lights. Not only Hindus but people from other religions also visit these pavilions just to celebrate Durga Puja in Patna. Carnivals and competitions occur along with free food for the people visiting the community worship area. Buildings and shops are decorated with lights and statues of goddess. Every one visiting the pandal will be given “Prasad” or the holy offering by the priest. The place will be filled with the fragrance of camphor and agarbathi. Beating of the drums and bajans create sacredness to the place.

Various associations in the city also conduct Durga Puja in specified areas. Many foreign tourists visit Durga Puja in Patna during this time. It is a time for complete enjoyment for the people. They take part in Puja conducted by any of the groups and dance to the music till morning. The nights are important in navrathri and especially the last three nights. in the first three days goddess is worshipped as Durga who gives strength or power and the next three days as Lakshmi who gives wealth and prosperity and the last three days Saraswati is worshipped for wisdom. The tenth day is the day of victory or vijaya dasami day. If the man possesses power, wealth and wisdom then nothing can stop him from getting the victory. This is the meaning of this vibrant festival.

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