Durga Puja, a major festival of Hinduism which traditionally lasts 10 days in the month of Ashwin, is celebrated by many - particularly Bengal, Assam and various other eastern Indian states (In Nepal, the festival is celebrated as 'Dashain').
The festival celebrates the victory of Durga (the goddess) over Mahishasura, the shape-shifter (The demon king), epitomizing the victory of good over evil whilst also being celebrated as a harvest festival where the goddess is praised for being the motherly power being all life and creation.
Although it was once a traditional event that royalty and the wealthier of families mostly sponsored and enjoyed, today Durga Puja is celebrated as a social and cultural festival, inviting those outside the religion of Hinduism to observe and absorb some rich cultural traditions of the faith.
The last 5 days of this 10-day festival are the most important, and Lifestyles Croxteth has been blessed with the opportunity once again for holding this annual festival of the Durga Puja celebration.
While many will celebrate this at home or in the public, many have came to see the religious festival for it's 5th consecutive year at the Lifestyles center. A largely decorated stage was the center point of the sports hall for this time period as seen above.
We look forward to visiting next years Durga Puja!