Book Sikkim Gangtok Tour Packages & Celebrate Durga Puja The Unique Way
With Durga Puja just around the corner, are you on the lookout for ways to make the most of your upcoming vacation? Booking an all – inclusive Sikkim Gangtok holiday package can be a wise choice. Wondering why? Well, a trip to Sikkim during this time of the year can provide you with the opportunity of celebrating this festival in a distinctive way!
With a majority of people living in this state belonging to the Nepalese community, Dashain makes for one of the important festivals here. It is a Hindu festival celebrated with enthusiasm and pomp, every year during mid – September to early – October. The colourful festival is celebrated for a period of 15 days. Booking Sikkim tour packages from the best travel agency during the Durga Puja can thus be the key to an exciting trip!
Read on to know everything you need about Dashain!
History and Significance of Dashain
As per the Hindu mythology, when a demon named Mahishasura created terror in the Devalok, Goddess Durga killed the demon. Dashain, thus, symbolises the victory of good over evil.
It is believed that it had become almost impossible for the Gods to defeat him even by using the strongest of their weapons and powers. As a result, Durga – the Goddess of Shakti was created by Lords Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh to get rid of this ruthless asura. The Goddess fought with the demon in her numerous manifestations for nine days and vanquished him on the tenth day. Today, this day is celebrated as “Vijay Dashami”./p>
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Duration of The Festival
Dashain is a fifteen – day-long festival which starts on the bright lunar fortnight of the holy Ashwin/Kartik month of Bikram Sambat Calendar (mid-September to mid – October). And, among these fifteen days, the most celebrated and auspicious days happen to be the first, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth. Community processions, puja ceremonies, family get-togetherness and delicious meals are some of the most integral parts of this festival.
Highlights of The Festival
The first nine days of the festival are considered to be the most auspicious when Goddess Durga is worshipped in various manifestations. The commencement of Dashain is marked by “Ghatasthapana Dashain” when the seeds for Jamara, a sacred grass are sown. This holy ritual signifies a home to be blessed with wealth, prosperity and happiness.The grass grows to 5 – 6 inches by the seventh day and is celebrated as “Fulpati”.
The eighth and ninth days are another auspicious days when people visit the ‘Kali Mandir’ to offer animal sacrifices. The tenth day or “Dashami” marks merry – making and celebrations with families and friends gathering to enjoy festive dinners and meals. The celebrations continue till the 15th day when Goddess Durga is taken in a huge procession to be immersed in sacred rivers.
Whether you are planning a trip with your family or with your close friends, Sikkim is the place to be if you are looking forward to festive glamour. So what are you still here for? It’s time to approach a leading travel agency in Kolkata and choose the best Sikkim tour package!