DURGA PUJA 2017: Important Rituals for Durga Puja




 

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Durga Puja is an annual Hindu festival in which an idol of Maa Durga is worshipped for 9 days. Maa Durga’s all devotees come together with a belief that Maa will bless them with lots of happiness.

Important rituals that mark the celebration of the festival Durga Puja are:-

Mahalaya

It is believed that on Amavasya was also known as New Moon Day, Maa Durga begins her journey from Kailash Parbat. Maa Durga is presented various gifts by the Gods.

 

Shashthi: Kalaparambho (Pre-Puja Arrangements)

It is believed that on this day the deity has arrived in the mortal world along with her four children – Ganesha, Kartik, Lakshmi and Saraswati. On this day, devotees visit various pandals to welcome Maa Durga in the grandest way.

Saptami: Worshipping Kolabou

On this day, Kola Bou (Banana Plant) is worshipped and it is placed beside Lord Ganesha to signify the arrival of his wife. Also, nine different plants each representing a Goddess are tied to the banana tree and together called “Kolabou”.

 

Durga Ashtami: The Ritual of Rituals

It is the most significant day of Durga Puja. Devotees stand in long queues to attend the morning ‘Pushpanjali’ (flower offering to the God).

On this day, a bottle gourd is sacrificed to symbolize the end of the demon ‘Mahishasura’.

 

Nabami: Pandal Hopping Day

This day begins with ‘Sandhi Puja’ that starts in the last 24 minutes of Maha Ashtami and extends into 24 minutes of the 9th day.

 

Dashami: Shubho Vijayadashami

On this day women smear the faces of their friends with Sindoor to mark the victory of Good over evil. The idol of Maa Durga is immersed with a promise ‘Asche bochhor abaar hobey’ (May the celebrations resume next year) and the belief that she will now return to Mount Kailash to be with Shiva and the cosmos. People distribute sweets to their friends and family with joy.

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