Durga Puja celebration in Goa and Maharashtra
Durga Puja is considered as one of the most enjoyable occasions in Maharashtra. Like many other states of India, here also the puja is done through ten days. During first nine days one garland made of flower is put on the idol of Devi Durga. Finally, they are removed on the ninth day altogether. Drawing an elephant with Rangoli is a part of the ritual during the puja in this part of India. Young and immature girls play large part in this Pujas. They are invited to sing, dance, play games, and eat at their will. Mumbai acts as the center of major Durga Pujas in this part of the country, which includes the areas like Parel, Dadar, Powai, Gwalior Tank, Chembur, Belapur, Andheri, and Bandra etc.
Pune and Nasik are two prime places of Maharashtra, where the Durga Pujas are held with great enthusiasm. All the Bengali people residing near these cities gather to celebrate and enjoy the days of pujas together. Bhosari and Biswa Bharati are considered as the major Pujas in Pune. On other hand, the Pujas at HAL ground, Deorali, Satpur-Ambad, and Government of India Press Ground are considered as the top pujas of Nasik.
Though not like Maharashtra in a large scale, Goa also celebrates the festival of Durga Puja with great joy. Pujas at the Shanta Durga Temple, Shree Vijayadurga, and Mhalasa Narayani Temple are pretty popular in Goa. There are many Bengali Associations in Goa, which celebrate the Durga Puja in traditional ways of Bengal. About 15 Durga Pujas are held in Goa every year. Priests and the artisans from Bengal are called to perform all their works and rituals. There is a Durga Puja in Goa, which is organized by the Vasco’s Goa Banga Committee, and it is approaching its Golden Jubilee very soon.