It is not just that her temples are strewn all over this part of the world.
In fact, goddess Kali, with whom she shares a complementary history, is easily more popular in this regard.
The Durga Puja is one of the most celebrated festivals of West Bengal, celebrated with pomp and show.
As Aashin, the seventh month of the Hindu calendar arrives; the entire state enters into a festive mood.
Durga Puja spans over nine to ten days, with each day holding its own importance. The for wife, hence the name translates into banana wife.
She is considered to be the wife of Lord Ganesha by many.
The celebrations are so elaborate that people from all parts of the world schedule their visits to India to witness this spectacle.
The preparations start days before this sacred month arrives.
Added to this is a fairly extensive introduction and an exhaustive glossary.
Girard observes that characterizing all primitive divinities who involve themselves in mortal affairs is the blending of beneficent and maleficent: ‘Dionysus is at one and the same time the “most terrible” and the “most gentle” of the gods.