Durga Puja

Durga Puja
Durga Puja, also referred to as "Durgotsav" (Festival of Durga) or "Sharadotsav" (Autumnal Festival), is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu Goddess Durga. It refers to all the six days observed as Mahalaya, Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Vijayadashami.

Durga Puja Nirghanta 2015 – Dhaka (Bangladesh)

Date & Time Puja Days Rituals 12th October (Monday) (24th Ashwin, 1422) Mahalaya Torpon within 9:51 am. 18th - 19th October (Sunday – Monday) (30th Ashwin – 1st Kartik, 1422) (Shuklapakhya) Tithi schedule: 18th Oct. 11:04 am. - 19th Oct. 10:53 am. Maha Shasthi "Amantran"...

Mythology of Maa Durga

The nuances of myth-making are manifold. The tales of gods and goddesses, fascinating as they might be, are definitely not airy conjectures. Myths have tropes embedded in them, the most popular being the war...

Forms of Maa Durga

She epitomizes power. She lets you envision the victory over evil. She is the mother of the universe. We put her on the pedestal and worshipped her as the Supreme Being, since time immemorial. The...

Idol of Maa Durga

God is the supreme creator. His vision is incomparable and his execution, perfect. Man is his choicest creation; an entity in which He has endowed that, which separates him from the rest of His...

Akaal Bodhan

"Akaal Bodhon" is the untimely evocation of goddess Durga. Indian mythology says that there was a ruler belonging to the lunar dynasty of Jagadalpur, King Surath who having lost his kingdom, first worshipped the Goddess...

Kola Bou

Saptami or the 7th day begins with a very important ritual – the bathing of "Kola Bou" (Banana bride). The ceremonial bath at Ganges is held at the crack of dawn, the rituals accomplished by...

Puja Nirghanta

Maa Durga’s mode of journey to the earth is detailed in scriptures. The modes are, an elephant, a horse, palanquin, boat all signify luck or omen which influence the life on earth. The elephant signifies...

Mahalaya & Tarpan

A fortnight before the puja, comes the "Mahalaya" event. On this day, Bengalis wake up to ‘Mahishashur Mardini’, a pre-recorded programme that is aired at the crack of dawn, on All India Radio and...

Maha Sasthi

"Maha Sasthi", the sixth day from the new moon, is the inaugural day of the 5 days long Durga Puja festival, when the rituals are actually begins. It is believed that, on this day...

Maha Saptami

"Maha Saptami", the 2nd day of the festival begins with the bathing of the “Kola bou” (banana plant) at dawn in the Ganges or the Hooghly as it is known here. The popular belief...