Durga Puja – The Greatest Festival in West Bengal
Durga Puja is the greatest festival in West Bengal. Around crores of people celebrate in their houses, building complex, locality, and sectors. There is the huge religious significance of this occasion as for Bengalees it’s regarded as a festival more than a mere worshipping of the Goddess. While the entire India celebrates Navratri during this time (Sharad Kaal), West Bengal indulges in inviting Devi Durga from Mahalaya (bodhan) and continues the euphoric religious journey till Dashami (bisarjan). Not only West Bengal but Bengalees staying outside the boundaries of the country, try to touch their ancestral homes and gather for the celebration.
What brings Durga Devi on Earth
The mythological belief revolves round Parvati, the daughter of Giriraj who is married to Mahadev, visits her parents once in a year along with her four children – Kartik, Ganesh, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. The Earth is regarded as her parent’s home, and Kailash (heaven) is her abode. There are interesting stories regarding the killing of the demon (Mahishasur) and restoring peace in the world. It’s a popular belief that the Goddess brings an end to all the evil powers and restores peace, justice, love, and faith in humanity.
Durga Puja is the centre of attraction for all Bengalees
Bengalees staying in West Bengal and around the world await the whole year for this festive season and prepare for Goddess homecoming. There is a huge deal of preparation like setting up of pandals, decoration, catering, and gifts. Business revolves around this festival season and gets its high during the four days of Durga Puja festival. Corporates sponsor pandals, cultural program and there are several prize amounts in the category of the best idol, best pandal decoration, best theme, best arrangement, best traditionally dressed male and female, best Dhaaki( drum beater) and so on. Bengal is always at the best of her spirit during pujas.
Business orient around the festival
As it’s seen that the cycle of business in West Bengal revolves around the festival, the business owners plan their strategies accordingly. The garment industry, cosmetic industry, food industry, advertising agency, tourism industry experience a great uplift during this time. It’s said that the best business occurs during this time.
Its culture tourism in West Bengal
Many tour operators conduct a culture tour in West Bengal during the Durga Puja. Foreign tourists pay their visit during this time and enjoy the festival. Many people take advantage of the 7-day leave and prefer to go for a tour in the hills. Government offices remain closed during this time, and government officials prefer touring with their family and friends. The local pandals in Kolkata and suburbs are always in competition in exhibiting flamboyance and earning a good name as a puja organizer. It’s a great get-together with the neighbors, family, and friends in regards to the Puja.
The cities in West Bengal struggling for the ‘Best Puja’ award are – Kolkata, Kolkata suburbs, Siliguri, Durgapur, Burdwan, Asansol, Haldia, Krishnanagar and many other towns. In one word, West Bengal is at her festive best during the time of Durga Puja. The pandal decoration, lighting, and theme are worth visiting. During Durga Puja, the restaurants greet their customers the whole night with only 2-4 hour off. For Bengalees, there is no more joy than enjoying Durga Puja with their family, relatives, and friends.