Since time immemorial, Durga Puja has been the closest of celebrations to the Bengalis. May be the saga of Ma Durga coming to her parental place along with her children in tow, found a resonance amongst the tender and loving Bengalis.
The eternal and overriding tale of Good prevailing over Evil is the elemental story of Ma Durga defeating Mahishasura. The worshipping of Ma Durga has over the years, taken epic proportions and has reached beyond race, culture and creed. It is a worshipping of all that is good in order to gain her blessings to usher in the beauty in everything, auspiciousness, prosperity and above all wisdom to conquer the darkness of ignorance and evil.
The Devi Paksha or the fortnight of the Goddess sees the festivity and the fervent devotion starting from the sixth day till it culminates on the tenth day or VijayaDashami, when we tearfully bid her adieu and beseech her to come back again next year.. These are the four days when the Shakti Rupini Ma or the powerful Goddess becomes our own, having come to spend couple of days in her parental place. The worship of Goddess Durga in these days of celebration, taken almost an epic form and is done in a magnificent and opulent scale among the Bengalis, irrespective of whether they are in West Bengal or staying at a different Bong-infused place. These four days of Pujo is what the entire year is made of. These are the four days that we all look forward to - the annual extravaganza, the thought of which keeps us going.
The quintessential madness of Durga puja in its true spirit is experienced here in Gurgaon too, where Purbapalli Durgabari Samiti since 1989, has been organizing Durga Puja with equal pomp and splendour. Purbapalli Durgabari Samiti has strived to uphold the eternal ethos of Durga Puja and has tried to take it beyond the geographical boundaries. Our Durga Puja is one of the best known in Gurgaon and has over the last couple of years attracted a huge number of devotees and visitors. Apart from the beautiful ambience, the prime attraction of the Purbapalli Durgabari Samiti is the idol of the Mother Goddess Durga that has been an exhibition of master craftsmanship.
A testimony to this popularity is the widespread media coverage of this Durga Puja even from the top-of-the-line medias including The Times of India and The Hindustan Times and various TV channels.
Besides Durga Puja, PurbapalliDurgabariSamiti also comes forward in contributing to larger social causes including education for the underprivileged children and various disaster relief programmes. The activities of PurbapalliDurgabariSamiti are inclusive in spirit and transcends communities, beliefs and faiths
We are also proudly keeping our Bangla Root alive by celebrating Laxmi Puja, Kali Puja, Sarswati Puja and of course Rabindrajayanti and Poilaboisakh with equal spirit.
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