Durga Puja – the ceremonial worship of the mother goddess, is one of the most important festivals of India, where goddess Durga, is worshiped with great passion and devotion. Apart from being a religious festival for the Bengali Hindus, it is also an occasion for reunion and rejuvenation, and a celebration of traditional culture and customs. While the festival includes ten days of worship, the last four days – Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Maha Dashami – are celebrated with much gaiety and grandeur.
In West Bengal and Tripura, which has a majority of Bengali Hindus, it is the largest festival of the year. In Bengal, Durga Puja is also Sharadiya Pujo (‘autumnal worship’), Sharodotsab (‘festival of autumn’), Maha Pujo (‘grand puja’), Maayer Pujo (‘worship of the Mother’) or merely as Puja or Pujo.
Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomizes the victory of Good over Evil.