Who is Durga?

In India, Durga is considered to be one of the most powerful deities who can save people from the clutches of evil. Over the years, the legend of Durga has garnered several interpretations.

What is the main story?

Mahishasura, riding on a buffalo, was bestowed with the powers of invincibility by the Lord Brahma. The power tarnished Mahishasura’s mind to such an extent that he ruthlessly dominated the world and became the king of demons.

Because of this, Lord Shiva the Destroyer, Lord Brahma the Creator, and Lord Vishnu the Preserver combined their powers. From this union emerged tremendous divine energy that is personified as Goddess Durga: she is a magnificent golden-yellow faced woman with ten arms who beheaded Mahishasura.  She is often depicted riding on a lion.

What is Durga Puja?

Durga Puja is the most widely celebrated festival in India bringing together many skills that have survived generations.

How long is the festival?

Durga Puja celebrates Durga’s return after killing Mahishasura. The festival lasts four days in the month of October.

Where is Durga Puja celebrated?

The festival is celebrated in almost all parts of India.The festival practices are slightly different from state to state. However, the Bengali community (which is featured in the book) celebrates Durga Puja in a traditional manner throughout India.