Leeds Durgapuja& Diwali Association is a joyful union of people celebrating “Sharodotsab”,the festivals of Durga Puja, Lakshmi Puja, Kali Puja and Saraswati Puja. The Association promotes Bengali Hindu culture and traditions and also facilitates Indian cultural heritage through music, and other performing arts.
In the Hindu Mythology Durga Puja marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. This symbolises the victory of good over evil. Durga Puja is the main religious festival of Bengali Hindu but Goddess Durga is worshipped all over India in different names such as Uma, Parvati, Gouri, Amba Ma and Chandi Ma.
The first Durgapuja in Leeds was held in 1982 in the Leeds Hindu Temple, when a few families came together to celebrate the Puja. Now we have more than 100 members and volunteers associated with the Association.
Over the last 38 years celebration of Durgapuja in Leeds has brought us enormous joy, sense of togetherness and unity.It is a time for families to reunite and an ideal platform for our children to know their own cultural heritage.
Due to the recent uncertainty of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and the safety restriction by the Leeds city Council, the Leeds Durgapuja and Diwali Association has taken the unprecedented decision to cancel the Durgapuja and related festivals this year.
We have taken this heartbroken decision to keep our members, volunteers and attendees safe and help prevent further spread of the virus.However, we are deeply committed to supporting our extended community in this difficult time through various online activities such as E-brochure and online cultural activities.
I sincerely thank our members, volunteers and the community for their dedication and commitment to our shared mission.
May the divine blessings of Goddess Durga enrich your life with happiness, joy and good health.
Dr. Sikha Saha
Leeds Durgapuja and Diwali association.