image courtesy of Pictures From History | Licence: Public Domain
image courtesy of Pictures From History | Licence: Public Domain

Celebrating Durga Puja at a wealthy household in Calcutta

Date

c.1835

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Durga Puja, also referred to as Durgotsava or Sharadotsav is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It refers to all the six days observed as Mahalaya, Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Vijayadashami

The Durga Puja festival marks the victory of the Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, the Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil. In Bengal, Durga is worshipped as Durgotinashini, the destroyer of evil and the protector of her devotees.

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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