Naveen extends Durga Puja greetings to everyone
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday extended his greetings and best wishes to the people of the state on the auspicious occasion of Durga Puja.
The Chief Minister took to his microblogging site to send festive greetings to Odisha on this festive occasion. Patnaik posted a video on his official Twitter handle and prayed for the blessing of the Goddess.
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) October 6, 2019
Besides, internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik also wished everyone a prosperous Durga Ashtami.
Happy #Durgaashtami to you all. It’s the eighth day of #Navraatri. On this day may Maa Durga bless you all with good health, happiness, joy and prosperity. I am sharing one of my SandArts . pic.twitter.com/j8ElhIXtur
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) October 6, 2019
Durga Puja, a popular festival, is celebrated to worship the Goddess of Power and War, the Goddess Durga and celebrate Naari-shakti (women power). The festival takes place in the month of Aswin or Kartik i.e. September or October every year according to the English calendar. During this Hindu festival, devotees totally immerse themselves in Durga puja festivity for ten days. The crowds pour in thousands over the puja mandaps to enjoy the same and seek blessings of the Goddess.
In Shakti Peethas (temples of the Goddess Durga), the Durga Puja is observed with complete rituals for about ten to sixteen days known as Shodasa Upachara/Shohala dinatmaka, which starts seven days earlier to Mahalaya called as Mulastami and ends on Vijayadashami or Dussehra, the tenth day.