She is thus the compassionate savior of all of the gods and the universe.Durga exists in a complete state of self-sufficiency and independence from the universe and everyone and everything in it (in Sanskrit, Durga means "the impenetrable" or "the inaccessible").
("involving all") pujas, in which people from all castes, creeds and religions could participate; these pujas further served to create a feeling of unity during the struggle for independence.
These pujas were organized by neighborhood committees, who traditionally went door-to-door seeking funds for icon and pandal construction and ceremonial activities, with some portion of the funds donated to charity.
Over the years, both the icons and the pandals have gotten more and more elaborate, and each year fierce competitions are held among neighborhoods for the best pandals and puja themes (past themes have run the gamut from the ancient Egyptians to Harry Potter).
Today, the larger community pujas in Kolkata even have corporate sponsorship, adding a commercial aspect to this highly spiritual celebration.
Navratri means "nine nights" in Sanskrit, and on each day of the festival, nine different forms of or Mother Durga are worshipped.
In West Bengal, this festival occurs primarily on days six through ten of Navratri.Guru Nanak Jayanti 2019 is also known as a name of Gurpurab, Guru Nanak Birthday and Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav.This festival is the most sacred festival of Sikhism, Now Guru Nanak Jayanti will be celebrated on 4th November, 2019.On the tenth day, Durga's victory over evil is celebrated as Vijayadashami in Bengal and Dussehra in Hindi (in North India, Dussehra also commemorates Rama's vistory over the demon Ravana as described in the Our innovative trip focuses on the last six days of Navratri in West Bengal, which is known as Durga Puja or Durgotsava and is the largest festival of the year for Bengali Hindus.In the months leading up to Durga Puja, highly decorated, life-sized idols of Durga that depict her slaying Mahishasura are created by potters out of clay.This was followed by subsequent pujas by other prominant Bengali families in which British Officers of the East India Company were the guests of honor.Each family would try to outdo the others with increasingly elaborate food and drink, decoration and music and dance entertainment.In large open spaces around West Bengal, elaborate worshipped for five days and then carried in magnificent procession to a local river for immersion, symbolizing Durga's reunion with Shiva.The five-day period of worship is a time of personal introspection and bodily purification for devotees, with many avoiding meat, alcohol, onions, wheat and grains.The following three days will be spent exploring the Birbhum and Bankura districts of West Bengal.We will visit a number of traditional villages to view their puja pandals and festival processions.