Goddess Durga is the mother of the universe and believed to be the power behind the work of creation, preservation, and destruction of the world.
The word “Durga” in Sanskrit means a fort, or a place which is difficult to overrun.
Another meaning of “Durga” is “Durgatinashini,” which literally translates into “the one who eliminates sufferings.” Thus, Hindus believe that goddess Durga protects her devotees from the evils of the world and at the same time removes their miseries.
In this part of the world we believe Durga Ma is pure Sakti (Power) and she saved this world from demons by killing buffalo demon Mahisasura who was more powerful than God.
That’s why we celebrate the nine-day festival of Navratri in Hindu religion is dedicated to the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga.
Durga Puja in Bangalore
Bangalore has recently developed as a city were Durga Puja is celebrated with all warmth and colors. Why I am saying this because Durga Puja is associated with North India festival mainly in Bengal and Bihar.
Increase in migration from North Indian states to Bangalore in recent time has seen the new festival introduced like Diwali and Holi which were again festival associated with North India.
But with the introduction of these festivals in cities like Bangalore, It has given Bangalore a status of cosmopolitan were people from all part live in harmony and enjoy all kinds of festival together.
Undoubtedly I miss the Durga Puja festival of Bihar were I use to roam around from one Pandal to other on cycle with my friends as they were very close to each other and enjoy the loud music, color and food. It was food feast for us.
In Bangalore things are different there are few Pandals and at a distance, in which few are very commercialized due to which they lose the essence of festivity like Sarathi – Koramangala Durga Puja.
But undoubtedly there are a few good one like the one in palace ground, celebrating their 37th Durga Puja managed by Sidarth Samiti part of Bihar Bhavan, another good one is in Malleshwaram managed by Prabaasee Association where you feel you are really near goddess.
I know in coming time there will be more of them and it should be because these are representative of our culture, but I hope these Pujas should not be commercialized as they lose the essence of culture.