Hundreds of area Hindus and their friends will celebrate the warrior and mother goddess Durga Puja at Sacramento’s 15th annual Durga Puja festival from Friday to Sunday at Orangevale Community Center, 6826 Hazel Ave. The festival includes musicians from India, authentic Bengali food and larger-than-life statues worshipped in ancient rituals.
At the start of the festival, large, ornate statues of Durga – who represents Shakti, the powerful female force in the universe – are erected in homes throughout the region. At the end, the goddesses are paraded through the streets accompanied by music and dancing, then immersed in water.
“In India, it was in the River Ganges; here we use a mirror over a bowl of water to reflect the face of the goddess Durga,” said Mala Paul of Utsav Inc., the organization sponsoring the event.
For more information, visit www.utsavsac.org or contact Paul at email@example.com. The events during the day are free, while the evening entertainment and dinner require tickets, Paul said.