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Durga Puja


durga.jpg Error During Durga Puja, Goddess Durga is worshiped all over India. Durga puja is celebrated from the sixth day till the 10th day in the eastern and central parts of India. It marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon, Mahishasura. Also known as Navaratri in the west, Goddess Durga is worshiped for 9 nights till the 9th day of the festival. Vijayadashami or Dasara or Dussehra or Ayudhapuja is the last day of Durga Puja or the 10th day. It marks the victory of Rama over the demon king Ravana.

In Hinduism, goddess Durga, also known as Shakti, is the protective mother of the universe. She is a protector of all that is good and harmonious in the world. She battles the forces of evil in the world. In Sanskrit, Durga means "fort". Durga is sometimes referred to as Durgatinashini, which literally translates into "the one who eliminates sufferings."

In Hinduism, the major gods and goddesses have multiple incarnations, meaning they can appear on earth as a number of other deities. Durga is no different; among her many avatars are Kali, Bhagvati, Bhavani, Ambika, Lalita, Gauri, Kandalini, Java, and Rajeswari.

Her role as the mother protector, Durga is multi-limbed so that she is always ready to battle evil from all directions.

Like Shiva, her consort, goddess Durga is also referred to as Triyambake (the three-eyed goddess). Her left eye represents desire, symbolized by the moon; her right eye represents action, symbolized by the sun; and her middle eye stands for knowledge, symbolized by fire.

Durga carries a variety of weapons and other items that she uses in her fight against evil. Each has a symbolic meaning important to Hinduism.

In Hindu iconography, Durga is frequently depicted standing atop or riding a tiger or lion, which represents power, will, and determination. Just as the mother goddess confronts evil without fear, Hindu scripture teaches,so should Hindu faithful conduct themselves in a righteous and courageous way.


Maha Saptami 18th October 2018 (Thursday)

  • Sasthi Bodhon and Saptami Pujo 5:00 PM
  • Pushpanjali 7:30 PM
  • Followed by Bhog and Dinner


Maha Asthami 19th October 2018 (Friday)

  • Kola Bau Snan and Asthami Pujo 10:00 AM
  • Pushpanjali 11:30 AM
  • Sandhi Pujo 5:30 PM
  • Pushpanjali 7:00 PM
  • Cultural Program by Kids 7:30 - 8:30 PM
  • Followed by Bhog and Dinner


Maha Nabami 20th October 2018 (Saturday)

  • Nabami Pujo 3:30 PM
  • Nabami Yagya 4:30 PM
  • Pushpanjali 5:00 PM
  • Cultural Program by Adults 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Followed by Bhog and Dinner

Maha Dashami 21st October 2018 (Sunday)

  • Dashami Pujo 11:00 AM
  • Pushpanjali 11:45 AM
  • Lunch 12:30-2:00 PM
  • Sindoor Khela 2:30 PM onwards
  • Followed by Dhanuchi Nach


Venue: Hindu Temple Bristol -- Gandhi Hall.

Everyone welcomed.



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Why not come in for a guided tour to look around the Temple and learn about many Hindu Gods/Deities? The Panditji (our priest) will be glad to show you around during the opening hours. Students are very welcome. The temple is open for school visits on weekdays between by prior appointment.