About us

Welcome to Leeds Durgapuja and Diwali Association

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 Maa and Chandi Maa.

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 39 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.

We are delighted to invite you and your family to our Durga Puja and Kali Puja celebrations 2021.Last year we all had difficult times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year we are celebrating these auspicious and vibrant occasions with some restricted guidelines adopted by the Committee.

Let us all come together again to welcome Maa Durga in our lives with great joy, happiness and unity. We look forward to welcoming you all on these auspicious days.

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
Chairperson
Leeds Durgapuja and Diwali association.