In India on every day of the year there is almost certainly a community celebrating a festival. But most major festivals seem to come during the months of September to December. Despite the irritation of constant chaos its actually a lot of fun. There are holidays from school and work, fairs, parties, lots of dressing up and FOOD.
It was Durga Puja two days ago. Durga Puja is the celebration of the victory of the goddess Durga over the demon, Mahishasura. Led by Mahishasura, some of the demons (asuras), tried to defeat the gods (devas), and capture heaven. Mahishasura, took the form of a buffalo and caused destruction on the earth.
The gods combined their energies and created a powerful many armed goddess, Durga. Riding on a lion, Durga fought Mahishasura for nine days and nights. Finally on the tenth day he was defeated and killed.
In Bengal, it is this victory of good over evil that is celebrated as Durga Puja. Deities of the goddess Durga are worshipped for five days, and on the fifth day are immersed in a river or pond. Sweets are distributed and Bengali sweets are absolutely delicious.
Most Bengali sweets are made of sweetened cottage cheese or chenna. But they can also be made from the flour of different cereals like rice. They’re quite sweet but have a very delicate flavour and they’re very, very pretty looking.
1. Malai Sandwich 2. Mohan Bhog 3. Cream Chomchom 4. Kesar Sondesh 5. Nalen Gurer Sondesh 6. Malai Toast 7. Chomchom 8. Kanchagolla 9. Kheer Kodom
For more details about the goddess Durga
– there are other branches of Sweet Bengal in Bombay