Though it is a 10-day festival, the actual Puja revelry usually begins on Shashthi and lasts till Dashami.
Maa Katyayani is the unfailing fruitfulness. Brajgopis used to worship Maa Katyayani on the banks of the Yamuna to get Lord Krishna as their husband.
Maa Kushmanda is believed to be a form of Shakti and is considered the creator of the universe, which is called Brahmanda (ब्रह्माण्ड) in Sanskrit, by just flashing a little bit of her smile.
The uniqueness of this shrine is that the lower part of pestle made of unknown metal is worshiped as the Goddess Kanta Devi.
Ahead of the much-awaited Durga Puja, this Kolkata pandal came up with something unexpected.
Heavy rainfall may dampen the spirit of Durga Puja celebrations in Odisha this year. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday predicted a wet start to the celebrations beginning October 1.
IMD’s Bhubaneswar centre today predicted that the intensity of rain will increase in the State from October 1.
During the auspicious period of Navratri, people observe austere measures like fasting and worshipping of the Goddess to obtain the grace of the all-feminine power.
The victims include 12 women, eight children and four men.
Five more 'Traffic Mobile Patrol' bikes were flagged off to ensure uninterrupted traffic in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack during Durga Puja this year.
All band/ DJ and musical parties using amplifiers along with other musical instruments shall install sound limiters connected to the amplifiers with fixed output of 65 decibel.
From Bhubaneswar to Cuttack, even in the Western Odisha district of Nuapada, extortionists have become active after a lull in business for the last two years owing to Covid-19 restrictions.
On the other hand, BJD corporators raised voices at the meeting over a viral audio clip that recorded a conversation between corporator of Ward No- 46 and a government employee.
Festivities are set to make a grand comeback this Durga Puja after a two-year hiatus. Devotees across the country are geared up to bring back the revelry which had disappeared post outbreak of an uninvited pandemic. Here’s a glimpse into the preparations underway for Dussehra.
Mayor Sulochana Das revealed that Bhubaneswar will host 178 Durga puja tableaus this year, which is more than Cuttack’s and the cultural programmes in puja pandals will be allowed till midnight as against till 10pm last year.