Why do we celebrate Durga Puja?

 | Updated: Sep 29, 2017, 10:50 AM IST
Here's taking a look at how India celebrated the ten-day festival of Durga Puja

Triumph of Good over Evil

Durga Puja is celebrated to mark the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasur, a demon.

The demon had got the boon of never being defeated in any battle after his intense prayers to Lord Brahma.

After which he had unleashed a reign of terror in the three worlds- Heaven, Earth, and Netherworlds.

The festival glorifies triumph of good over evil.

Goddess Durga

The nine-day festival celebrates Goddess Durga in her nine forms.

Other Hindu gods Ganesha and Kartikeya are also worshipped during the festival.

Navratri - Durga Puja

The festival is celebrated in different forms all across the country.

'The Dance Festival of Nine Nights'

Folk dancers performing during the vibrant Navratri Mahotsav festival at GMDC ground in Ahmedabad.

Kanya Poojan

The final day of the celebration involves 'Kanya Poojan'.

Little girls symbolising Maa Durga are worshipped and offered food and gifts.


Deity of Durga

Indian visitors gather near a bamboo statue of Hindu deity Durga, constructed to mark the Durga Puja festival in Guwahati on September 26, 2017.

The 100ft statue aims to break the Guinness World Record for the tallest bamboo sculpture.

Bollywood celebrates Durga Puja

Indian Bollywood actress Kajol Devgn, Tanuja Mukherjee, Tanisha Mukherjee, Sharbani Mukherjee and Neetu Chandra attend celebrations for the Hindu Durga Puja festival in Mumbai on September 28, 2017.