The mesmerising sound of Dhak is reminding us all that Maa is coming once again. I wish you peace, happiness and joy on this happy occasion of Durga Puja!
Durga Puja, major festival of Hinduism, traditionally held for 10 days in the month of Ashvina, the seventh month of the Hindu calendar. Durga Puja celebrates the victory of the goddess Durga over the demon king Mahishasura. It begins on the same day as Navratri, a nine-night festival celebrating the divine feminine.
Durga Puja’s first day is Mahalaya, which heralds the advent of the goddess. Images of the goddess—astride a lion, attacking the demon king Mahishasura—are placed at various pandals and temples. Celebrations and worship begin on Sasthi, the sixth day. During the following three days, the goddess is worshipped in her various forms as Durga, Lakshmi, and Sarasvati. The celebrations end with Vijaya Dashami (“Tenth Day of Victory” ), when, amid loud chants and drumbeats, idols are carried in huge processions to local rivers, where they are immersed. That custom is symbolic of the departure of the deity to her home and to her husband, Shiva, in the Himalayas.
Durga is perhaps the most widely worshiped deity of Shakti. Maa Durga's divine characterization include the entire Devibhagavatham which is dedicated to her. Durga means one who is difficult to approach. However since she is the mother of universe she is the personification of tender love, wealth, power, beauty and all virtues.
The complete image of Goddess Durga represent destruction of evil and protection of good and it reflects the point that in order to become divine one should keep one's animal instincts under control. Thus, by worshiping Durga the idea of ruthless destruction is invoked to annihilate all the unwanted desires and unfold divinity.
May Maa Durga show you the path to eternal peace and prosperity during this puja. May she bless you with the power to defeat the evils in your life! May Goddess Durga light up your way to success and prosperity. May your Homes become the box of Happiness for all.
HAPPY DURGA PUJA AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS.
Fr. Bobby John csc