2017 Durga Puja in India
The festival of Durga Puja is celebrated to remember the victory
of good over bad. It denotes victory of goddess Durga over demon
Mahishasura. It also symbols death of demon Ravan, at hands of
Ram. The whole festival continues for 10 days, and each day has
its own significance.
The Durga pooja isn’t restricted to one geographical region in
India. The pooja is celebrated with great display, in the whole
country. Over the years, celebrations have absorbed the local
traditions and customs. So, now the celebrations are unique for
every part in the country in which they are held.
In Maharashtra, Durga pooja is celebrated as cheerful occasion.
A pooja is executed on Navratri’s all nine days. Everyday, a
fresh festoon is put on image or idol of Goddess Durga, without
removing previous days’ festoons. After ending Navratri, all
nine festoons are removed collectively.
In West Bengal, Durga pooja is distinguished with great splendor
and grandeur. Main festivities are performed for five days. This
festive period is in honor of Mahalaya, a day when Durga was
given the job of beating Mahishasura. The pooja is also famous
as 'Akal Bodhan' or early incantation.
Durga pooja festivals are measured as a favorable time. Children
ageing between 3 and 5 years are officially introduced to
education in this time. While celebrations are celebrated in
temples for 10 days, the last 3 days are believed to be most
important. Ninth day, which is known as Navami, is devoted to
Goddess Saraswati. People also visit Kottayam’s Saraswati temple
at this time.
In Kashmir, celebrations aren’t as majestic as in other parts of
country. On Navratri’s first day, barley seeds are deposited in
pots. By 10th day, they develop to around 5 inches. People think
that good growth is symbolic of wealth during the year. Kashmiri
pandits visit temple of Goddess Kheer Bhawani, during all nine
In Gujarat, celebrations are centered on 'Ambe Maa', which is
amongst the appearances of Durga. Deities or images of Goddess
are devoted in temples and households. Public celebrations are
held in form ‘Dandiya’ and ‘Garba’ which are the conventional
folk dances. These dances carry on for Navratri (nine nights) in
open grounds as well as streets.
2013 Calender and Dates
09th October 2013 Durga Puja – Panchami
10th October 2013 Durga Puja – Sasthi
11st October 2013 Durga Puja – Saptami
12nd October 2013 Durga Puja – Mahashtami
33rd October 2013 Durga Puja – Navami
14th October 2013 Durga Puja – Vijaya Dasami
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