Durga Puja is an important festival celebrated in India as a symbol of Power but it has utmost importance in West Bengal the Eastern state of India. Vedas mentioned the worship of Shakti in the form of Goddess. But the first evidence of Durga Puja has been recorded around the 14th century. Here, we are going to talk about topic which usually people ask….When people in rest of India fasts, Bengali’s ingest non-veg during Durga Puja? really! but why?
The identity of Bengal remains incomplete without Durga Puja, fishes, and sweets. But few people know about the connection among them. In this article, we are going to discuss the connection between them. Feeling curious….!? right?
So, first let’s talk about the connection of Durga Puja with Ganesh Chaturthi and Lodhi.
Era Of British Rule
When India was ruled by British at that time a much-educated class of people came out from the comfort zone and demand freedom from British rule. Congress Party at that time was the most popular party which includes the bulk of educated class people. Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bipin Chandra Pal, and Lala Lajpat Rai these 3 great minds separate themselves from Congress and tried to figure out how to organize the gathering of people where issues regarding freedom can be discussed and make people aware against British. Then the great idea comes to their mind!!!
The idea to organize the gathering in the name of religion. And they started to figure out the most popular festive time in their respective states. At that time Bal Gangadhar Tilak started to organize Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra, Bipin Chandra Pal started to organize Durga Puja and Lala Lajpat Rai started Lohri at broader and large scale. So, Durga Puja also has great importance in our freedom struggle.
Tradition Of Sacrifice
Goddess Durga is a symbol of Shakti (strength, power). Many communities, in India especially Shakta Hindu community, treat male buffalo as a symbol of demon and the tradition of sacrifice is popular. The tradition of sacrifice is popular in West Bengal, Assam, Nepal, and Odisha. Various warrior class communities also practice the tradition in different parts of India. Thus, Non-veg during Durga Puja is quite popular.
Non-Veg during Durga Puja Is Popular
Fishes are the popular part of the culture of Eastern states of India. It is believed that Goddess Durga is a form of Goddess Parvati (Goddess Parvati is the consort of Lord Shiva). During Navratras, she comes to her parental home. In the joy of her coming to the home, people of Bengal celebrates the festival with joy and prepare various dishes which include fishes as the main course. Sweets are also famous in the area, thus locals prepare the different variety of dishes to impress the Goddess.
Another theory regarding the consumption of Non-Veg is that Goddess Durga is a symbol of war dignity. The sacrifice of an animal is a way to worship the Goddess by tribal communities in Himalayas and Vindhya. To know more about Why Bengal Feast when whole India fasts? kindly visit Express Foodie
Celebration Of Durga Puja In Delhi
During the time of Navrataras, West Bengal colored itself with the pandals of Goddess Durga. Gujarat covered with the footprints of Garba and Dandia. But the place where you guys can enjoy both the traditions and celebrations together is the National Capital Territory of Delhi. To know more about the most popular places to enjoy the festive time kindly visit ghoomakad.in an amazing description about the festive time in Delhi by Sahil Singh.
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