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2017 Durga Puja in Singapore

There are many Indians settled in Singapore. So, Durga puja is celebrated in Singapore as it is celebrated in India. The Indian community in Singapore mainly consists of people from Tamilnadu state of India. So, the Durga puja in Singapore is known as “navrathtri” as it is called in Tamilnadu. It is time or celebration, rejuvenation and reunion for many people in Singapore. During navrathri the goddess in temples will be honored with prayers. Nowadays various associations have started to celebrate navrathri through community worship.

It is a festival of music and dance according to the Tamil culture. Songs about glory of god and praising the powers of goddess Durga is sung by the devotees. Classical dance performances are done by various artists. In Singapore main Durga puja sites are the mariamman temple, chettiar temple, and the durga temple in Potong Pasir. The goddess is worshipped as Durga for the first three days as goddess Lakshmi for the next three days and as goddess saraswathi for the remaining three days. Navratri or saraswathi puja as it is called end on the vijaya dasami day. During the last three days of the puja children or any learner prays to goddess Saraswathi for gaining knowledge and wisdom.

Goddess Saraswathi is the goddess for wisdom, art and learning. Children keep their books on the altar and pray for the blessings of saraswathi and they start learning afresh from the vijayadasami day. It is the day to honor your teachers or gurus and children offer their teachers fruit and flowers. The child will start learning alphabets for the first time on this day. The Durga puja or navrathri festival in Singapore follows the south Indian tradition rather than the north Indian. Keeping the working weapons for puja is known as ayudha puja is an important ritual done on the ninth day or navami day.

List of Durga Puja Pandal in Singapore:

Bengali Association Singapore (BAS)
Official Website: www.bengaliassociationsingapore.com

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