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Durga Puja, the most important festival for the Bengalis, is an autumn festival. It recalls the power of female (shakti), symbolized by the goddess Durga who slays Mahisasura to re-establish peace and prosperity on earth. It is also known as Akal Bodhan which was started by Lord Rama, when he worshipped goddess Durga to gain strength to fight Ravana. The Bengalis celebrate that win of all good over evil, every year by worshipping goddess Durga.
Durga Puja is not only the biggest festival of Bengali Hindus, it is also the most significant socio-cultural event of the Bengali society. It starts from the Mahalaya Day when the Devi paksha (Fortnight of the Goddess) starts and ends on the (Maha) Dashami day. Though the main festivity starts from (Maha) Shashthi, and goes on to (Maha) Shaptami, (Maha) Ashtami, (Maha) Navami, and then (Maha) Dashami (the day of Bisharjan). On Shashthi day, the Idol of godess Durga is given life (Bodhan, Pran Pratistha), and since then the puja of the Goddss starts, and goes on till Dashami morning, thereafter in evening, the Idol is immersed.
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