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Sharod Utsav

Maa Durga symbolises the greatest feminine energy in this universe. She is Lakshmi, Saraswati and Kali in One. Her symbolism is infinitely deep and mystic. Her beauty and anger is both divine. She is the affectionate mother as well as the mightiest soldier. She is the eternal light.








Sharodiya

Mahisasura Mardini is the fearsome look of Maa Durga. She has 10 arms which carry weapons or display mudras. Riding the lion, she finishes off the evil called Mahisasura. Mahishasura Mardini Sloka was written in praise and devotion for Ma Durga by Adi Sankaracharya.








Agomoni

Durgotsab means the festival-of-Durga. The special days are the Mahalaya, Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Bijoya Dashami. For hundreds of years, the dates of Durga Puja celebrations are set according to the traditional Hindu lunisolar calendar.








Bijoya Dosommi cards

The final day of the Durga Festival and our hearts are a bit heavy. But if you truly understood Maa Durga, then you know that she lives all through the year and lives, here in us. She appeared as the combined energy of the gods and she still comes when we all wish for her. Arising from our energies, she shows herself in clay idols. She stays for four days and kills all the demons that lie within us. So that we can be pure and abundant, again.








Bijaya Dosomi

The Durga Puja is ending and with a heavy heart all bid her goodbye. We all start wishing for the next Puja even before it ends. The pandals get ready for the procession for taking Maa Durga for Bhashan or the immersion. Amidst Sindur Khela and holy incantations, the idols of Maa Durga with Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesh are immersed into the water. For Bengalis, it’s also time for socialization and be their gourmet best.








Shubho Bijaya

It is the last day of the Durga Puja. Also known as Dussehra, it celebrates Ram’s victory over Ravan. Ram had invoked Durga’s blessings to defeat him in battle. Effigies of Ravan, Kumbhakaran and Indrajit are burned in many places. This is a time of joy and celebration all over India.








Nabami Cards

Maha Nabami is on 23rd October, Tuesday.
When all else fails, we resort to the greatest warrior of this universe, Goddess Durga. She is incomparable in beauty and strength. The greatest wielder of weapons. She saves all in the heavens and earth whenever she is called to.






Maha Nabami

Mahanabami starts after the end of Sandhi Puja. Goddess Durga is worshipped as Aparajita, The Invincible One. She is the epitome of beauty and grace, master of weapons and the art of battle as well as the Mother Goddess. Shakti, the communal energy of all the deities, has killed the evil Mahisasura. Dhakis play their wonderful drums with fervour and people ‘dhunuchi’ dance to its beats.






Maha Ashtami Cards

Maha Ashtami is on Monday, 22nd October 2012.
Devi Durga is the reflection of your Kundalini Shakti. It is that power that resides at the base of the spine and rises to meet Shiva. When the Kundalini is awake, the person is truly enlightened.







Maha Ashtami

Ashtami is the highest point of celebration in the four day long celebration. It is the day Goddess Durga kills Mahishasura, the buffalo-demon. Devotees are once again awed at her courage and power. Falling at her feet they ask for her blessings. 108 lamps are lighted to commemorate the Sandhipuja – when Durga turned into the fearful Chamunda to wipe off the evil and protect the innocent.






Ashtami Card

The worship of Goddess Durga is the celebration of the Shakti- the feminine aspect of divinity which lies inside each one of us. Call her Durga, Chamunda or Parvati, she is the supreme radiant goddess with ten arms who can invoke fear, respect, love, wonder and patience at the same time in the mind of true worshipper. She blesses the devotee with fearlessness and success in the material world.








Saptami Cards

Maha Saptami is on Sunday, 21st October.
Maa Durga stands with her Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesh with their bahons. She is the ultimate symbol of the affectionate mother. Her affection spreads beyond her immediate family and it spreads long and far. She is the Mother of the Universe.






Maha Saptami

Mahasaptami is also known as Devi Saptami. On this day, the eternal Goddess is infused with new life. The ‘Kola Bou’ or Nabapatrika signifies Durga in the form of a banana plantain. It is offered a pre-dawn bath in the river amidst dhaak beats and conch symphonies and is draped in a yellow sari.






Sashti Card

Sashti, the first day of the Durga Festival is on Saturday, 20th October.
This seems like the most beautiful time of the year. Clear sunny skies, white puffs of clouds and flowers in full bloom- as if nature is putting on her best clothes for Durga Puja too!