Light misty clouds, cold winds around, coconut husk burning with light coal in an earthen pot, and beautiful pandaals are the significant markers that Durga Puja is round the corner. Durga Puja is celebrated every year in the auspicious month of Ashwin (September-October) and commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Raavan.
Durga Puja is the ceremonial worship of goddess Durga, where she had won over the demon king Mahishasura. In Durga, the gods bestowed special powers, where she had ten hands and each carrying lethal weapons. The main tableau consist of the goddess who is usually seated on a lion, with er four children-Kartikeya, Ganesha, Lakshmi, and Saraswati.
Traditionally, huge clay models are made of the goddess and beautifully decorated, with embellishments. Huge canopies are well decorated with temporary bamboo poles with decorative fabric is used to decorate the place, known as pandals.
A Durga Puja experience not only gives you an insight into the culture and the reunion of the Bengalis in these auspicious days, but also opens a wide array of cultures, as not only Bengalis but people around the world come and celebrate in the Dhunochi Naach.
The first durga puja in Delhi happened as early as 1911, when the British had shifted their capital to Delhi, and many Bengalis who were working in the administration had come and settled in Delhi. The oldest Durga Puja Samiti dates back to 1910.