Durga Puja (Bengali: দুর্গা পূজা,) is the biggest annual festival for Bengali Hindus. Much like Christmas, only bigger. It’s celebrated like a carnival, over six days, starting with Mahalaya, which is today.
Durga Puja marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil demon Mahishasura. Durga “the invincible”, is the supreme goddess. She is depicted with many arms, riding a lion, carrying weapons and a lotus flower, and with a third eye representing feminine intuition.
Durga is also Adi Shakti (the original power), Adi Maya (the original illusion caster) and an embodiment of the creative feminine force of the universe (Shakti).
The Durga puja festival epitomises the victory of good over evil – universal to all religions of the world, I believe.