The festival celebrates the Hindu Goddess Durga
and the victory of Good over Evil.
Inside is a sandstone image of Goddess Durga
that has devotees crowding from miles around, especially during the Durga Puja celebrations in the autumn.
The goddess Durga
is seen in all her finery as the one who "represents the power of the Supreme Being that preserves moral order.
Durga Puja celebrates the worship of the Hindu goddess Durga
The stampede happened before dawn at a hill-top temple devoted to the goddess Durga
near Vijayawada, a city about 250 km from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh state.
On the First three days, people pray to the goddess Durga
, the protector who destroys all evil.
With this in mind The Hindu Temple is organising a four day religious ceremony in the New Year "Shri Shat Chandi Mahayagya" (Collective prayer to Goddess Durga
by at least 100 Devotees) for unity and peace.
Craftsmen from Krishnanagar, India (right), are making an image of the goddess Durga
at the British Museum, London (14 August-27 September).
The company had offended religious sensibilities by replacing objects of righteousness ( held in the eight arms of a wooden statue of the Goddess Durga
( with bottles of whisky in the Balon Oriental Disco Bar.
uk) has come to light in which images of Goddess Durga
, holding whisky bottles in all her eight hands, were displayed at a disco bar in Greece.
The Harivamsa (first to third century), well known as an account of the life of the god Krsna, contains also a few hymns to the goddess Durga
For 250 years, a succession of little girls have been chosen as the reincarnation of Hindu goddess Durga
, a powerful female deity.