Durga puja stories
There are several Durga puja stories, legends and mythologies. Some of them are about the goddess herself, while others are about Devi Durga’s devotees. These fascinating and marvelous stories have been taking rounds since ages through the oral tradition of literature. The most important story on Ma Durga has been written in ancient scriptures and textbooks. Read about that legend of Maa Durga by clicking on the link. Apart from this traditional story, there are several other renditions about the origin of Durga Pooja. One such story talks about the Pandavas, the famous five brothers from Mahabharata, the great Indian epic.
After losing in a game of dice, the Pandavas go into exile for 12 years and one year in disguise. While disguising themselves, they hid their royal clothes and weapons under a Shammi tree. On the day of Dashami (Dussehra), the Pandavas complete one year of disguised exile, and expose their true identities. It celebrates their true victory over evil and hence the day is known as Vijaya Dashami. Another famous story is related to Lord Rama. Before commencing the battle in Lanka against Ravana, Lord Rama started Chandi Puja (An incarnation of Maa Durga) with hundred and nine lotus flowers. To test the devotion and surrender of Lord Rama, Devi Durga hid one of the lotuses. When time came to pray to the goddess, Rama found himself short of one lotus flower. In order to make up for it, he surrenders his own eye. Immediately, Maa Durga comes out and saves his son and promises him victory. The Durga Puja held during this time is known as Bosonto Utsav.
There are several more stories on the occasion of Durga Puja. Each Durga temple in India has an enchanting and fascinating legend behind it. It is not possible to accumulate these rich and diverse stories in one written page. Maa Durga has always blessed her devotees and taken greatest care of them. Durga Puja is a way to honor this Goddess who is the Mahishasur Mardini and the beautiful and gracious mother.