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This is a photo i took at the 2006 Durga Puja at Hyderabad, Keyes High School.

Durga Puja, meaning Worship of Durga in Bengali, also referred as Durgotsab (Festival of Durga) is an annual Bengali festival that celebrates worship of Hindu goddess Durga. It refers to all the six days observed as Mahalaya, Shashthi , Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Bijoya Dashami. The dates of Durga Puja celebrations are set according to traditional Bengali Calendar and the fortnight corresponding the festival is called Debi Pokkho (Fortnight of the Goddess). Debi Pokkho is preceded by Mahalaya, the last day of the previous fortnight Pitri Pokkho (Fortnight of the Forefathers), and is ended on Kojagori Lokkhi Puja (Worship of Goddess Lakshmi on Kojagori Full Moon Night)

Durga Puja is widely celebrated in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and Tripura where it is a five-day annual holiday. The prominence of Durga Puja increased gradually during the British Raj in Bengal. After the Hindu reformists resemble Durga with India, she had become an icon for the Indian independence movement. On the first quarter of the 20th century, the tradition of Baroyari or Community Puja was popularized due to this. After independence, Durga Puja became one of the largest celebrated festivals in the whole world.

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