Durga Puja (an Indian Festival)

a poem by Mobani Biswas, India - poetry writer, author, poet

This festival is very close to our hearts,
Durga puja is our life’s integral part.
Being a Bengali, this festival is much awaited.
The approaching of this festival fills joy in the air.

The elaborate statues and pandals dazzle our eyes,
The invocation of the goddess is a beautiful sight.
Goddess Durga comes visiting with her children,
The sight makes people bow their head in reverence.

We find our beloved goddess among us,
The chanting & worshipping mesmerizes the onlookers.
Everyone decks themselves in new clothes,
The fervor and excitement is beyond control.

The beat of the drums can make our feet dance,
The cheerful days just rushes past.
When the day of leaving for the goddess draws near,
Our hearts are filled with unshed tears.

With a heavy heart we bid our goddess goodbye,
She returns soon among us, the next year, is our prayer,
For Bengalis, Durga Puja is not just a festival,
It’s an emotion which has all its crests and troughs.

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