Dusshera is celebrated in Autumn (Sept-Oct) every year in different parts of India.It signifies the victory of good over evil.
In the eastern Indian state of West Bengal we celebrate Durga Puja during this time.As per Bengali tradition,every year in Autumn(September-October) Goddess Durga comes to her parental home for 5 days accompanied by her four children - Saraswati(Goddess of Learning & Arts),Laxmi(Goddess of weath),Ganesha (the Elephant God)and Kartikeya( the Bachelor God).For 5 days her idol is placed in beautiful pavilions(pandals) and she is worshipped and treated with all the tender love and care that a married daughter receives in her parental nest.The beautiful pandals are made of bamboo,cloth,papier mache,wood,and other materials.On the last day of Vijaya Dashami the images are taken out in a procession and immersed in rivers or other water bodies.
Nowhere is this festival celebrated with as much fanfare as in Kolkata(Calcutta).All Calcuttans irrespective of their religion come together to celebrate this festival in a spirit of love and brotherhood.It is a time for new clothes,good food,meeting up with friends and relatives,romancing and of course pandal hopping to see the best idols.:-)
I thought my friends would like to see a close-up of one of these lovely idols in full splendour.Here Goddess Durga is shown slaying the evil demon Mahishashura.To the left of the shot is Lakshmi(the Goddess of Wealth) and Ganesha the Elephant God and to the right is Saraswati (the Goddess of Learning & Arts) and Kartikeya the Bachelor God.
MIGHT BE WORTH A LOOK IN LARGE