Durga Puja 2014

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Today is Dussehra or Vijayadashami, the tenth day of Navratri, and is one of the most important Hindu festivals. The day celebrates the victory of good over evil, although the deities, rituals, and stories that are associated with the holiday are different in different parts of India. For example, Dussehra marks to Lord Rama’s victory over the ten-headed demon king Ravana and the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasur.

So, off I went this morning to offer my prayers to Durga.

Durga Puja is the biggest, most important religious festival for Bengali-Hindus. Apparently, the Bengali Association Singapore‘s six-day celebration is the largest outside Kolkata (Calcutta)!

If you are keen on seeing the magnificent idol (though not as spectacular as the one displayed in 2012, IMHO), the celebration continues until Saturday, October 4 on the grounds along Race Course Road, not far from Little India MRT Station.

A second Durga Puja is being celebrated by Bengali Community (Singapore) on the grounds near Choa Chu Kang MRT; that puja will continue until Saturday, October 4 as well.

(Additional credits: Photograph via Bengali Association Singapore.)