An annual Hindu celebration honouring the goddess Durga is called Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsava. The Bengali People’s biggest celebration is thought to be Durga Puja. The largest and most well-known event in West Bengal is called Durga Puja. They are detained for five days. The entire city is decorated with festive lights, popular music is played over the loudspeakers, and monks recite mantras. Thousands of gorgeous pandals are built by local communities throughout the state’s cities, towns, and villages, but especially in Kolkata.

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Durga Puja Festival Days

Mahalaya– Is an auspicious occasion observed seven days before the Durga Puja, and heralds the advent of Durga, the goddess of supreme power. It’s an invitation to the mother goddess to descend on earth. This is done through the chanting of mantras and singing devotional songs.

Mahashashthi– On this day the Divine Mother arrives to the mortal world from her heavenly abode this is the eve of the Puja, accompanied by her children. Unveiling the face of the idol is the main ritual on this day. Kalaparambho, the ritual performed before the commencement of the puja precedes Bodhon, Amontron and Adibas.

Mahasaptami– Saptami is the first day of Durga puja. Kola Bow( Nabapatrika) is given a pre-dawn bath. This is an ancient ritual of worshiping nine types of plants. They are together worshiped as a symbol of the goddess. The main Saptami Puja follows Kalparambho and Mahasnan.

Mahaastami– Day two begins with a recital of Sanskrit hymns, as thousands of devotees offered anjali to the goddess. As the day wore on, it was time for the important Sandhi Puja, which marks the inter-linking of the Maha Ashtami and Maha Navami.

Mahanavami– On day three this is the concluding day of Durga Puja. The main Navami puja begins after the end of Sandhi Puja.

Dashami & Vijaya– The last day after the three days of Puja, in Dashami , a tearful farewell is offered to the Goddess. And a grand send-off is arranged. The images are carried in processions around the locality and finally is immersed in a nearby river.

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When will Durga Puja 2023?

To remember the victory of Goddess Durga over the demonic Mahishasura, Durga Puja is observed. In addition to being a harvest festival that honours the goddess as the mother of life and creation, the event symbolises the victory of good over evil. People seek the blessings of the goddess Durga during this time because she confers fortune and prosperity on her followers.

Begins: Friday, 20 October

Ends: Tuesday, 24 October

How is Durga Puja celebrated?

Over the course of five days, this event is observed by lighting up the houses and streets. Most areas where Durga idols are maintained are decorated with rangoli, flowers, dia, and other things. Numerous individuals observe fasts and present jal on various days to various deities. A portion of this festivity involves people singing and reciting hymns.

Celebrations take place across India.

The Durga Puja celebration is widely observed throughout most of India, particularly in Kolkata, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, and Delhi. However, there are other states where this holiday has a particular vibe, so if you want to see Durga Puja in all of its vibrant glory, you must go to the locations listed below.

Frequently Asked Questions About Durga Puja

  • When did Durga Puja begin?

    Durga Puja began on 20 October, with Maha Shasthi, and will end on 24 October — the last day of the celebration called Vijayadashami.

  • Which are the best cities in India to witness Durga Puja?

    Some of the best cities where you can witness Durga Puja celebrations in all their grandeur are: Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati and Pune.

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