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Hindus Gathering In Kansas For Durga Puja

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KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, September 23, 2011 (kansascity.com): Next weekend, about 300 Hindus from throughout the Midwest will gather in Kansas City to celebrate Durga Puja, the biggest festival of the year for Hindus of the Bengali tradition.

The scheduled events, beginning on Friday and continuing through October 2 at the Lenexa Community Center, will include worship services, cultural programs, feasting, family get-togethers and greeting exchanges.

Primarily a religious service, the social and cultural aspects of this festival are also significant. For 15 years, the celebration has brought together ethnic Bengali families from Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Bengali Hindus worship Durga as the highest manifestation of the universal power of God, and the festival celebrates God’s overpowering victory over evil.

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