Glimpses of Durga Puja 2014 from United Kingdom

The worship of the Mother Goddess is not only limited to Bengal only, but the Bengalis have taken her to all parts of the world where she has been revered by all communities.  Durga Puja symbolizes victory over evil both on a personal level and in society at large. She is Ma, mother, as well as much loved daughter of Himavat, the Himalayas, who visits for a short while and then returns to her mountain home. The experience of being present in the sight of Durga and her family of Ganesh, Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kartik is often an emotional one.

Bengalis and Assamese from states of West Bengal and Assam (India) migrated to the UK from the early 1960s and contributed as doctors, engineers and skilled work force. They brought with them Ma Durga, and Durga Puja is celebrated all over UK with much gusto and enthusiasm.

Durga Puja is celebrated for 5 days. The days are called “Mahalaya (5th)”, “Sasthi (6th)”, “Moha Soptomi (7th)”, “Moha Ostomi (8th)”, “Moha Nobomi (9th)” and last day that means Durga Puja is called “Bijoya Dosomi”. Idol of Goddess Durga immersed in river on last day of Durga Puja and with this ritual day of Durga Puja concluded. Ritual of the Durga Puja observed traditionally.

From north of UK, to South there are scores of Durga Puja. The celebration includes not only the Bengalis but many other Hindus as well.

Amongst the noteworthy Pujas in London, London Sharad Utsav Puja hosted at Ealing Town Hall has attracted London’s Bengalis due to the jovial atmosphere, well organized cultural programs by renowned artists, and excellent food arrangements.