Durga Puja in Orissa

Durga Puja In Orissa

Durga Puja in Orissa

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Durga Puja is an Indian festival. This article describes its celebration in the state of Orissa.

The cult of Shakti worship in Orissa is very prevalent, both in the Tantric and non-Tantric forms, as can be realized from the festivals Vasanti Durga Puja or Chaitra Durga Puja in the Oriya month of Chaitra (March or April),Sharadiyo Durga Puja in the Oriya month of Aswina(September–October) and Kalipuja (October–November) which are celebrated with utmost solemnity, gaiety and éclat. The great Mother as the ten-handed Durga is believed to come down from her husbands home on Mount Kailash to her parents' abode on the Himalayas every year for three days, the 7th, 8th and 9th days of the bright fortnight in the month of Aswina. In Orissa richly decorated and beautifully made images are installed in people's houses and the festival instils a spirit of holiness and sancity into the whole community so much so that people of other faiths participate in it with abundant warmth and sincerity. In Orissa the special feature of Durga Puja is that in the temples it spreads over sixteen days known as Shodasa Upachara unlike in other parts of the country where it lasts for three to nine days at most.

The autumnal or Sharadiya ceremony is known as various names in Orissa i.e. Dussehra, Durgapuja,Akal Bodhan, Shodasa Upachara, Durgostava, Sharadiyo Utasava etc.

History of Durga Puja in Orissa

Various accounts exist which describe the origin of Durga Puja in the state of Orissa. Some...
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