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.