Durga Puja – Durga Puja is one of the biggest festivals in Kalahandi and it is the most important socio-cultural event in the society.

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Durga Puja is one of the biggest festivals in Kalahandi and it is the most important socio-cultural event in the society. The festival celebrates life, culture, traditions and customs. She is worshipped for killing Mahisasur, a powerful demon who was also known as the Buffalo Demon. It also marks her return every year in the Bengali month of Aswin, remembering Lord Ram as he summoned Goddess Durga for her blessings in order to save Sita from the clutches of Ravana.

Durga Puja has generally materialized into a community festival. Kalahandi takes on a completely different look during the festival, especially at night. Thousands of people line up at the pandals. Streets are decorated with different kinds of light shows. Restaurants are generally full and several temporary food stalls are opened in the city. Offices, schools and colleges remain closed during the festival.

Durga Puja has generally materialized into a community festival. Kalahandi takes on a completely different look during the festival, especially at night. Thousands of people line up at the pandals. Streets are decorated with different kinds of light shows. Restaurants are generally full and several temporary food stalls are opened in the city. Offices, schools and colleges remain closed during the festival.

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