Durga Puja

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Durga Puja, also referred to as Durgotsava (‘Festival of Durga’) or Sharadotsav is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. In the states of West Bengal and Tripura in India, and in Bangladesh, it is the biggest festival of the year for Bengali hindus. It is also the most significant socio-cultural event in Bengali society. Nowadays, the Bengali diaspora arrange for Durga puja in countries such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Singapore and Kuwait, among others. For four days, the festival witnesses culmination of contemporary and traditional Bengali art-forms in the decorated "pandals" and idols. It becomes a visual feast of color and form. Let the world witness the beauty.
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Dashami - Last Day of Durga Puja
by Tina13
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Dashami marks the end of Durga Puja. With four days of revelry and celebration, idols of goddess Durga and her children are immersed in rivers on this day. The immersion ceremony symbolises the end of the goddess' annual sojourn to her paternal home and she returns to her husband Lord Shiva at their heavenly abode in Mount Kailash. Here the priest is looking at Goddess before commencing the ritual of bidding her adieu.
Submitted: Tuesday, 6th November, 2012 18:17 (GMT)
Taken: Wednesday, 24th October, 2012
Focal length: 11.6 mm
Shutter speed: 1/50 sec
Aperture: F4
ISO: 100
Views: 234
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