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Read about the origin & history of Durga Puja. Check out the story and legends of Durga Pooja festival.

Durga Puja History

Durga puja is one of the most important and popular festivities of Bengal. Most of us are aware of this festivity, but none of us has got a clear idea about the story of Durga Pooja. Well, in this article, we will provide you with some interesting legends of Durgapuja festival that will enable you to get explore the origin & history of Durga puja. Read further to find out the Durga puja history.

Legend of creation of Goddess Durga
Goddess Durga represents the unification of all the divine forces to overpower the evil spirits. To fight with the demon Mahishasur, the gods decided to create a real powerful force. At that moment, it happened that a lightening came forth from the mouths of the three Hindu Gods, namely Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, giving rise to a gorgeous woman having ten hands. The deities supplied her with their weapons, thus giving her all the powers of universe.

Legend of Lord Rama
According to the epic Ramayana, Lord Ram performed the chandi puja, so as to seek the divine blessings of Goddess Durga. He did so for killing Ravana, the devil king of Lanka who had kidnapped his wife Sita. Goddess Durga secretly told him that he can kill Ravana. In the war between Rama and Ravana, Lord Rama succeeded in defeating the devil and returned to his kingdom along with his wife Sita and younger brother Lakshman.

Legend of Pandavas
According to the great Indian epic Mahabharta, the Pandavas wandered in the forests for a long period of 12 years. They kept their weapons on a Shami tree before leaving for the court of king Virat, where they spent their last one year in disguise. On the completion of that one year, which happened on the day of Vijayadashmi, i.e. Dussehra, they brought down the weapons that they had kept on the Shami tree. On this day, they came forward and revealed their true identity. Since then, this day is celebrated as Vijaydashmi or Dusshera and involves the exchange of Shami leaves as a symbol of victory and goodness.


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