Durga Puja, West Bengal
by: Diana Cenat
October 18, 2012
A merchant prepares his garlands for sale in anticipation of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, West Bengal.
Also known as Durgotsava, Durga Puja is an annual celebration in honor of goddess Durga Puja’s victory over the demon Mahishasura. Spanning five days beginning with Maha Shashti, the day in which the goddess comes down to Earth with her four children–Laxmi, Saraswati, Kartikeya and Ganesha–the holiday is fervently observed in West Bengal and other Indian states as not only a religious holiday, but the high-society event of the year.