Durga Puja festival brings India to Indiana

Traditional Durga Puja Festival. (WLFI Photo)
Traditional Durga Puja Festival. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Durga Puja is traditionally a five-day festival, but the West Lafayette Durga Puja Committee found a way to squeeze the celebration into one night.

Hindus from all parts of the world gathered inside of the Unitarian Universalist Church Saturday to celebrate the holiday.

The guests honored the Goddess Durga with traditional celebrations, food and a ceremony.

Organizers said this event helps bring India a little closer to Indiana. After 10 years, they said attendance is stronger than ever.

“[The guests] miss their home country, they miss the culture, and they miss the festival. So we decided to do it with a small group of people,” organizer Tripti Bera said. “The first year, attendance was really good so we just decided to continue this Puja.”

Durga Puja is traditionally one of the largest celebrations practiced by Hindus.

Saturday’s celebration was free to everyone that attended.