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Durga Puja Dates Detailed Information

The main celebrations occur across five consecutive days: Shasthi, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami, and Dashami.
  • Shasthi (October 4, 2019) is when Goddess Durga descends to earth with her four children Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartikeya, and Ganesh. The colorful idols of the goddess that have been handcrafted and installed for the festival are unveiled on this day.
  • Saptami (October 5, 2019), the first day of Durga Puja, is when the holy presence of Goddess Durga is invoked into the idols in a ritual called Pran Pratisthan. The day commences with the Kola Bou bath -- a banana tree is bathed before dawn in a river or body of water, dressed in a sari like a newlywed bride (known as "Kola Bou", the banana bride), and used to transport the goddess's energy. Nine different types of plants are worshiped, representing the nine divine forms of Goddess Durga.
  • Ashtami (October 6, 2019) is the most significant day of Durga Puja. The goddess is worshiped in the form of a young unmarried virgin girl, adorned as Goddess Durga, in a ritual called the Kumari Puja. In the evening, the important Sandhi Puja is done to worship Goddess Durga in her Chamunda form, which slew the two accomplices of buffalo demon Mahishasura -- Chanda and Munda -- during her battle to kill the demon. The puja is carried out at the time the slaying took place. After the rituals are complete, the Dhunuchi folk dance is performed in front of the Goddess to please her.
  • Navami (October 7, 2019) is the last day of worship, which concludes with a maha aarti (great fire ceremony) to mark the end of the rituals and prayers. Goddess Durga is believed to have killed the buffalo demon Mahishasura on this day, and she's worshiped in the form of Mahisasuramardini, the Annihilator of the Buffalo Demon. Everyone gets dressed up in their finest, most glamorous clothes. The goddess's favorite blog (food) is prepared and offered to her, and then distributed to devotees.
  • Dashami (October 8, 2019) is when Goddess Durga returns to her husband's abode and the idols are taken for immersion. Married women offer red vermilion powder to the Goddess and smear themselves with it (this powder denotes the status of marriage, and hence fertility and bearing of children). After the immersion, people visit their relatives and friends to give and receive blessings. Sweets are distributed and lavish dinners shared. The dress code for the day is traditional and classic.

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