Goddess Durga

And last, but not least, our final (optional) prompt! In some past years, I’ve challenged you to write a poem of farewell for our thirtieth day, but this year, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem about something that returns.

At the end of monsoon
on the cusp of autumn
when the last homage is being paid to the ancestors
from the lofty Himalayas she descends
to make earth her abode for nine nights
hail all! The beauteous one
as she comes once again
to bless our lives with her presence
the idols are decorated and the stage set
the invocations and the incantations begin
as everyone gets ready to welcome the righteous one
who slayed the demon to save her devotees
they now throng the pandals to sing her glories
her sojourn on earth is marked with festivities
choicest of foods, dance and drama
she partakes in it all in her regal glory
and then on the tenth day it is time to say farewell
there are tears as well as smiles
when her clay idol is immersed on the tenth day
she departs with the promise of her visit again.

(Durga puja is believed to commemorate Durga’s visit to her natal home with her children. The festival is preceded by Mahalaya, which is believed to mark the start of Durga’s journey to her natal home. Primary celebrations begin on the sixth day, on which the goddess is welcomed with rituals. The festival ends on the tenth day (Vijaya dashami), when devotees embark on a procession carrying the worshipped clay sculpture-idols to a river, or other water body, and immerse them, symbolic of her return to the divine cosmos and her marital home with Shiva in Kailash. She returns next year again.)


32 thoughts on “Goddess Durga

      1. It falls around end of Sept or early October. It is according to the lunar Hindu calendar so the dates change every year. The main events…the 5 days of festivities this year will be from 22nd Oct to 26th Oct. Though Durga’s descent from the Himalayas will begin on the 17th Oct.

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      2. Gabriela, it was my pleasure to share whatever I knew! Please feel free to ask. We have too many gods and goddesses as well as many festivals. Glad to share what little I know. 💖🌷😘


  1. How well described Punam👌 I have a couple of Bengali friends and they have told me how they celebrate Durga Puja….it is truly brilliant a spectacle🌹🌹
    Loved the post🌸😘

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  2. You did not just gave us with a lovely poetry as you always do; but with another brilliant information that most of us probably never knew..

    Been a wonderufl April month of poetry Punam

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  3. Oh I love this! As kids and even now, how I keep looking forward to Durga Puja! The sound of Dhakis, the glistening pandals and the calm and protective face of Goddess Durga 🙂

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