Hinduism chooses to manifest the form of power in the body of a woman, Durga. In Hindu mythology, she is the slayer of evil and the harbinger of peace. She is worshipped as a goddess and festivities around her known as Sharadoutsav is celebrated annually throughout South Asia especially in parts of eastern India. Durga Puja is widely celebrated in the Indian states of Assam, regions of Bihar and Nepal, Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha, Tripura and West Bengal, where it is a five day annual holiday.
The festival spurs economic activity in West Bengal as most people in the state tend to do their shopping on this pious occasion. The festival is an impetus to burgeoning sales across restaurants, as most women prefer to spend time with family and friends rather than spending time in the kitchen.
Buzzing with life, the city of joy Kolkata comes to life during this blessed time. The streets are filled with people at all times even hours well past midnight. The Durga puja organizers amass massive temporary huts with the help of craftsmen and artisans, known as Pandals. These elaborate structures house the Durga sculpture and serve as the makeshift temple for visitors and devotees. Pandals can be seen throughout the city, proliferating joy and life even to the dullest parts of the city. The sculptures of Durga originate mostly from the kumartuli known as Artisans Town in Kolkata. The sculptures are no less than works of art created of clay preferably from the banks of the river Ganges. Artisans toil months in creating these sculptures with intricate attention to detail to achieve the desired flawlessness.
Durga Puja celebrates the triumph of good over evil, ushering an occasion of jubilation and high spirits. Escalating happiness to people from all walks of society.