Durga – The Inner Power

October 17th, 2007 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

Durga puja is celebrated by every Hindu in different ways. In Gujarat, nine days are celebrated as Navratri  where “Nav’ means Nine & “Ratri” means Night. Why is it so     called? Puja is celebrated at night only. The reason is – darkness of night symbolizes ignorance. This ignorance  creates  fear, helplessness , so we can be trapped into Kam (Lust), Krodh (Anger), Madh (Intoxication), Lobh(Greed), Moho (Attachment), Matsar (Envy). Every person has some or the other bad quality. So in Navratri  we ask goddess to remove our ill qualities so that we can become a good human being.

In Bengal, it is celebrated as Durga puja for four days. Here women are given more importance & without the soil of prostitutes’ ground, the puja cannot be performed. This symbolizes that evil in society is saved by these women.

In every part of India, Durga puja is celebrated & ask “MAA” to take the devil qualities from us & show us the right path to serve the mankind.

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