Did you know Durga Puja customs are more traditional in Bangladesh?

Around 30,000 community pujas are celebrated in Bangladesh and some of the pujas are three generations old

Durga Puja is the traditional celebration of the Hindu religion and is widely celebrated by the Hindus.


The British used religion to mercilessly carve out two separate nation states in the Indian subcontinent in 1947 while they also divided the province of Bengal, which resulted in the creation of the Indian state of West Bengal,and the Muslim-majority East Bengal, formerly a province of Pakistan and now known as Bangladesh.


In Bangladesh, the Puja customs are traditional. It was found that the origins of Durga Puja in West Bengal to sometime around the year 1757, after the Battle of Plassey. Nabakrishna Deb, the head of Sovabazar Rajbari family of Calcutta invited one of the employee of East India Company Robert Clive to pay respects and offerings to maa Durga.


While the Bangladesh-based historian Rabindranath Trivedi points out that historical records indicate that Durga Puja on a grand scale was started by Raja Kangsha Narayan in the late 1500s in Taherpur, a municipal town in Rajshahi, Bangladesh and during the late 19th century and the early 20th century that the celebrations became more widespread and more importantly, inclusive, open to the public which took the shape and form of community Puja.


Some factors like the urbanisation and the socio-cultural, socio-economic conditions in the Bengal presidency before 1947 now have lasting effects on how the festival continues to be celebrated on both sides of the Indo-Bangladesh border.


Around 30,000 community pujas are celebrated in Bangladesh and some of the pujas are three generations old. The local pujas of Bangladesh are largely rural and agricultural while in Kolkata, a city-based culture developed over centuries.


As per reports, around 62.6 percent of the population in Bangladesh were residing in rural areas and so the rituals are followed by the people as it was followed by their ancestors. Some pujas are even 350 years old which follow the traditional style. It is more sophisticated and pujas are strictly according to the scriptures.


The idols in Bangladesh are more indigenous in form as the pujas were largely located in rural settings and reflected local aesthetic styles.


There are other problems in Muslim-majority Bangladesh which the Hindu families

Before the start of Durga Puja, the idol of Maa Durga was desecrated in Kushtia town. The clay idols were found broken and investigations were ongoing. Every year idols are being vandalised by local Muslim youths who attempts to destroy the puja. Local authorities and police officials have increased security.


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