KOLKATA, INDIA, October 12, 2012 (ANI): A festive fever has gripped West Bengal, with artisans decorating makeshift temples and giving final touches to statues of the Hindu Goddess Durga ahead of the popular Durga Puja festival.
Agradut Uday Sangha's Durga Puja pandal in Bhawanipur in Kolkata is planning to make Swami Vivekananda's statutes with an aim to pay tribute to the Swami on his 150th birth anniversary. The makeshift temple committee, which is in its 66th year of puja celebrations this year, has decided to decorate the temple with colourful buttons. "There is a saying by Swami Vivekananda that those who believe in victory, believe in God. So, based on this, we have showcased an act of rescue by showing Gautama Buddha sitting, a man shooting a bird with an arrow, and then, Gautama Buddha helping the injured bird. So, based upon this rescue work, we have made various designs on the walls," said Burman.
Durga Puja is one of India's most famous festivals. Legend has it that "Asuras" or demons from the underworld invaded the heavens after a hundred year war with the gods. The Hindu trinity of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu created Goddess Durga, the most powerful of all gods and goddesses, to vanquish the demons, hence the term 'Durga Puja' which means worshipping the Goddess. It is believed that the Goddess makes Her annual visit to the world and the festivities are meant to welcome Her. On this occasion, homes are re-painted and decorated to 'receive' the Goddess. Small statues of the Goddess are also installed to worship Her.