The festival of Durga Pooja takes place once a year in India and is all about good over evil. People celebrate Durga Puja during Mahalaya, which according to the Hindu calendar is the first phase of the crescent moon in Ashwin.
Durga Pooja is the one celebration that makes Indians unbelievably excited, festive and participating. Bengalis around the country involve in preparations like – painting, cooking, dancing, singing and more than anything, get ready to welcome Maa Durga back home.
DURGA POOJA – FESTIVAL OF GOOD OVER EVIL
Durga is the Goddess of Good. The festival is a Hindu one, particularly popular in West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, and Tripura. Maa Durga is understood to have come to earth on this first day of the crescent moon to fight evil.
Hence, to make Durga Puja more special, people make the most extraordinary, colorful, creative and astonishing painted decorations called Rangoli on the roads. Besides they also decorate stages and specially erected platforms known as Pandals.
THE LONGEST RANGOLI
Kolkata Artists created an amazing rangoli or alpona which is the longest in the world as part of 2017 Durga Pooja celebrations. And what’s more astonishing is that not just 100 or 200 but nearly 400 people united together to create it. It’s on Lake View Road in Kolkata and depicts that the festivities have already begun.
— Soumik Sen (@bangdu) September 19, 2017
The art, the patterns and the colors are vibrant and will make you want to dance and celebrate Durga Puja with everyone else. The festivity-loving people decorated the roads, painted and decorated small alleyways too, and only color and life are visible wherever you see.
या देवी सर्व-भूतेशु#ShubhoMahalaya
What a beautiful & creative Mahalaya invocation!! Best I hv seen ever!! Kolkata rocks. ❤ pic.twitter.com/AFl880avEf
— Arvind Jha (@jalajboy) September 19, 2017
Even though the crescent moon is expected on 26 September (the start of the festival), celebrations have already started and will continue for at least five days after the moon.
These vibrant Rangoli pics are going viral on social media. Those beautiful pictures are more than enough to depict why this is known as a festival of pure good and joy. The artworks and the effort that go into creating them are enormous.
You may just want to book an air ticket to Kolkata quickly! 😉