Durga Puja is one of the most important religious festival of Hindus celebrated through out India with different names.
It celebrates the return of the goddess to her natal home. This festival is characterized by a variety of prayers and rituals.
The name of the Durga Puja vary from place to place as common for most of the Hindu festivals.
Various distinct regional names of Durga Puja Festival :
Durga Puja / Durga Pujo : Durga Puja is a Hindu festival being celebrated every year in South Asia. During this festival the Hindu goddess Durga is worship. It is a famous festival of Kolkutta.
Navratri Puja : The word Navaratri literally means – nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights and together it becomes nine nights. These nine night dedicated to the worship of a Hindu deity Shakti. Navratri is a famous festival of Gujarat.
Kullu Dussehra : The Dussehra of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh is particularly famous in the North.
Mysore Dussehra : Mysore Dasara is again another name of the same festival in the state of Karnataka (in erstwhile Mysore State).
Bommai Kolu : Bommai Kolu is traditionally a women’s festival that Tamilians celebrate during Dasshera.
Ayudha Puja : Ayudha Puja also known as Astra Puja is an integral part of the Navratri festival in Karnataka(in erstwhile Mysore State) It is basically the Worship of Implements.
Vidyaramba : It is said that Vijayadashami denotes the victory of truth over evil and was the day when the Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura. Vijayadashami has great importance in the Telugu household.
Saraswati Puja : In Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka, Saraswati Puja starts with Saraswati Avahan on Maha Saptami and ends on Vijayadashami with Saraswati Udwasan or Visarjan.
Simollanghan : Simollanghan is a ritual performed on Dasara in Maharashtra. In ancient times kings used the feast of Dasara to cross the frontier and fight against their neighboring kingdoms. This border crossing is known as “Simollanghan”.