Friday, December 21, 2007

Period Of Durga Puja

In Bengal, Durga Puja is celebrated with a lot of fervour. This is a festive period in Bengal when the festivities engulf each and everyone with same zest. The main ritual of Durga Puja spans a period of four days. However, in case of traditional and household pujas, the festivities last till ten days. The Durga Puja period is very closely related to the position of moon. Debi-Pakkha or Devi Paksha is the name given to the fortnight from the new moon till the next full moon. This fortnight is considered to be most holy and propitious for conducting any tasks or rites. This period is marked with artistic expression of people reaching its zenith. Various forms of eyes of Durga are drawn. The ritual of drawing the eyes on the image of the goddess is called chakkhu-daan. Symbolising the process of infusing the image with the power of vision, this is done on Mahalaya, the day of the new moon.


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