With Durga Puja around the corner the festivities are lightened throughout the country. The grand festival is celebrated to mark victory of good over evil.
History says the Puja has been a tradition from centuries, Goddess Durga finds mention in the Rigveda and Atharvaveda which adds more significance to the practise.
The puja is a celebration of Goddess Durga’s victory over the buffalo-demon Mahishasura. The day she ended the demon is today known as Mahishasura mardini.
Epic, Mahabharata also mentions Durga hymns being chanted by Pandava brothers Arjuna and Yudhishthira. The prayers are carried out for over 9 days ending on Vijayadashmi or Dussehra, when the idols are immersed in water. As the clay idols dissolve, Goddess Durga is said to return to the Mount Kailash.