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Taking part in the Durga Puja

Duration: 08:18

Bettany Hughes looks at the role of women in modern Hinduism. She visits the Kamakhya Temple to learn about the Durga Puja. She discovers what the festival means to the people celebrating. She tells the story of the birth of the goddess Durga and her battle with the demon king. Then Bettany travels to Kolkata to join some young women and prepares for the festival. She discusses what they believe about the goddess and what the importance of the female is in Hinduism. Bettany gives her respects to the goddess and joins the celebrations as the goddess is taken to the River Ganges. As they go they are joined by many others. The celebrations continue as Bettany watches the statue being carried into the Ganges and she shares her thoughts about the Durga Puja.

Available since: Fri 23 Nov 2012

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Divine Women

Bettany Hughes uncovers the remarkable and neglected stories of women and religion.

First broadcast: 04 May 2012

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