Photographer's Note

I took this shot at the time of Durga Puja in a pandal..
About Durga Idol:-
Goddess Durga (Hindustani pronunciation: [ˈd̪uːrɡaː]; Sanskrit: दुर्गा), meaning "the inaccessible" or "the invincible"; durga) is the most popular incarnation of Devi and one of the main forms of the Goddess Shakti in the Hindu pantheon.
Ramprasad Chanda writes the following about the evolution of Durga from primitive goddess to her current form.
" is possible to distinguish two different strata – one primitive and the other advanced. The primitive form of Durga is the result of syncretism of a mountain-goddess worshiped by the dwellers of the Himalaya and the Vindhyas, a goddess worshiped by the nomadic Abhira shepherd, the vegetation spirit conceived as a female, and a war-goddess. As her votaries advanced in civilisation the primitive war-goddess was transformed into the personification of the all-destroying time (Kali), the vegetation spirit into the primordial energy (Adya Sakti) and the saviouress from “samsara” (cycle of rebirths) , and gradually brought into line with the Brahmanic mythology and philosophy."
The myth of Durga runs as follows: The demon Mahishasura did penance, and in return Shiva blessed him so that no man or god could kill him, only a woman. This emboldened Mahishasura, who became troublesome throughout the world, even conquering the gods in the heavens. The trinity of gods Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu decided to create a woman to defeat him, and together, combining their energies, they created Durga. They gave her their weapons, too: Shiva gave her the trident, Vishnu a disc, Varuna a conch and noose, Agni a spear, Vayu arrows, Indra the thunderbolt, Yama a sword and shield, Vishvakarma an axe and armour, Himavat a lion, and the other gods many other beautiful gifts. Durga went to battle with Mahishasura, easily destroying his armies. Taking the form of a buffalo, he charged Durga's soldiers. Durga's lion fought the buffalo, and Durga slipped her noose over its neck. Mahishasura changed into the form of a lion; Durga cut its head off; Mahishasura changed into the form of a man; Durga showered him with arrows; Mahishasura changed into an elephant; Durga cut its tusk with her sword. Finally, Mahishasura turned back into a buffalo. Using her ten arms, Durga pinned him to the ground, impaled him with her trident, and beheaded him with her sword. He died, and his army scattered.
he four-day-long (Saptami to Dashami) Durga Puja is the biggest annual festival in Bengal, Assam, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and Nepal, where it is known as Dashain. It is celebrated likewise with much fervour in various parts of India, especially the Himalayan region, but is celebrated in various forms throughout the Hindu universe.
The day of Durga's victory is celebrated as Vijayadashami (Bihar, Bengali), Dashain (Nepali) or Dussehra (Hindi) – these words literally mean "the Victory Tenth" (day).

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