The countdown has begun for one of the biggest festival of Bengal and in the life Bengalis- wherever they are. Durga Puja is not just a ritual or event; it is about discovering a new way of life in those auspicious five days of celebration. Nothing is bigger to Bengalis than the DURGA PUJA. They wait for an entire year for welcoming the Gods to earth, and seek their blessings.
Durga Puja has so much more to it than what meets the eye. It involves a lot of planning, implementing, and managing; rituals and customs; people and emotions; stories and beliefs, and everything that impacts the life of Bengalis. Not only Bongs, but Durga Puja leaves a long-lasting effect on the minds of everyone because of magnanimity, and pompous expression.
Durga Puja can teach us a lot about life and living. It encompasses different life lessons and motivations, which we need to remind ourselves and revive in the journey of our life. Every festival in India has its own significance and association with our lives. Similarly, Durga Puja comes with its own hamper of the good and the bad, but it always leaves a positive emotion and influence, that lingers with us for the rest of our lives.
5 things that the society or its people can re-learn from Durga Puja are as follows:
The Power of A Woman: We worship Goddess Durga, which is a symbol of power and strength. So, we need to remind ourselves about women power, strength, conviction and dignity. Durga Puja reinforces the facts that women are equally powerful and has a significant contribution to the society, and overall world at large.
Teamwork pays off: Durga Puja is not a one man job. A lot goes behind the scenes, several months before the actual festival begins. The planning, conceptualization, management at both micro and macro levels, and implantation is a mammoth task, which only can be accomplished by proper teamwork and communication. Right from pandal themes to idol designs and arrangements for rituals needs to be divided in terms of responsibility and management.
Celebrating Life: Durga Puja is a grand celebration. It teaches us to forget the woes of life and enjoy the wows for some period of time. The grandeur, the music and dance, the preparations, the food, the rituals like Anjali, Sindur Khela, Dhunuchi Naach, Dashami Pronam, Bisharjon- everything reminds us to live life to the fullest. Both the young and the old celebrate the essence of the festival with new clothes, mouth-watering delicacies, pandal hopping and a lot more. The rituals are exciting, and has their own significance and importance. People forget their worries and get together to enjoy in their full spirit.
The End is just the Beginning: Durga Puja lasts for a span of five to six days. But, the end of the festivities doesn’t mark the end of its essence. Rather, it is a symbol of the a new beginning, a new hope and a new zeal for the next year. The end of the Pujas marks the start of a new cycle of waiting and preparing for the next year.
Communal Harmony: You need to be in Bengal to see what Durga Puja means to Bengalis. The magnitude and impact of the whole thing are enormous. It not only touches the lives of Bengalis, but of anyone who stays in Kolkata. It even impacts the Bengalis, who are settled out of the city or abroad. People from every religion, caste or strata of society in Kolkata wait for this auspicious occasion, and they enjoy every bit of it.
These are valuable motivations for you to get up and get going in life amidst challenges and stress. It is to remind us about the celebrations, togetherness and happiness, we yearn for in our lives with our beloved ones.
Durga Puja is just round the corner. Something new, something big, and something auspicious is coming your way, so get geared to embrace it. So, shed all inhibitions and get ready to immerse in the spirit of the festival.
Durga Puja is a Bong festival, but it is not limited to any religion, caste, creed or society. It is a celebration of life, and everybody can join to celebrate the essence and prosperity of life through this larger than life festival, and seek blessings from the Divine!
WISHING EVERYBODY A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS DURGA PUJA.