This Durga Puja is also widely known as Sharadotsav, in West Bengali, is a Hindu festival celebrated all over India, in particular, West Bengal. The Durga Puja rejoices for 5 consecutive days which marks the triumph of good over evil symbolized by the slaying of the demon regarded as Mahisasura by Goddess Durga.
So Durga Puja somehow promotes women empowerment also but mainly the festival is focused on the winning of good over evil.
As per the Legend and Hindu mythology, Mahisasura had obtained a boon of invincibility from Lord Brahma which means no human being or even god can kill him.
Durga Puja: Vidhi Tithi Puja Date Mantra Celebration In West Bengal Calendar Time Ritual
Taking advantage of the boon, the demon began harassing everyone and chased the Gods out of heaven. So, a special woman, Goddess Durga was created by all the gods, so that she can kill and defeat the Mahisasura.
The first day of the Durga Puja is celebrate as Mahalaya, on this same day the Goddes Durga also arrived on the Earth.
Here is the Durga Puja calendar of 2018:
Mahalaya – 8 October 2018 (Monday)
Mahalaya is the first day when Maa Goddess Durga arrived and settled on the Earth for 10 days. The eyes on the idols of the Goddess is drawn on this day AND that ritual is regarded as the Chokkhu Daan.
Maha Panchami – 14 October 2018 (Sunday)
Panchami or the 5th day marks the starting of this pious festival.
Maha Sashti – 15 October 2018 (Monday)
On Sasthi, Goddess Durga is welcomed with a sacred ceremony known as ‘Pran Prathistha’. In the evening, the face of the idol is unveiled and that custom is known as the ‘Bodhon’.
Maha Saptami – 16 October 2018 (Tuesday)
The bathing ceremony of Navapatrika — nine plants (banana, pomegranate, turmeric, Jayanti, Ashoka, bel, arum plant, colocasia, and paddy) — bathing of the Maa Durga’s idol took place on this day before the puja begin.
Maha Ashtami – 17 October 2018 (Wednesday)
Ashtami or Durga Ashtami is one of the most significant days. Devotees fast on Ashtami. Sandhi puja is regarded as very sacred on this day which is performed on this day before Asthami tithi ends and Navami begins.
Maha Navami – 18 October 2018 (Thursday)
The Goddess Durga is worshipped as Mahisasurmardini, On Navami, which means, the annihilator of the buffalo demon. The puja started with the Mahasanan and Shodashopachar on the final day of the carnival.
Bijaya Dashami – 19 October 2018 (Friday)
Dashami is observed on the 10th day, on the day, when the Goddess supposedly returns to her abode. Women offer the Goddess sweets and apply vermilion on her feet as well on each other too in order to celebrate the day with full glory and zeal.
Durga Puja Important Mantra
ॐ जयन्ती, मङ्गला, काली, भद्रकाली, कपालिनी।
दुर्गा, शिवा, क्षमा, धात्री, स्वाहा, स्वधा नमोऽस्तु ते॥
एष सचन्दन गन्ध पुष्प बिल्व पत्राञ्जली ॐ ह्रीं दुर्गायै नमः॥
ওঁ জয়ন্তি, মঙ্গলা, কালি, ভদ্রকালি, কপালিনি।
দূর্গা, শিবা, ক্ষমা, ধাত্রি, স্বাহা, স্বধা, নমোহস্তু তে॥
এষ সচন্দন গন্ধ পুস্প বিল্ব পত্রাঞ্জলিঃ, ওঁ হ্রীং দুর্গায়ৈ নমঃ॥
Om Jayanti, Mangala, Kali, Bhadrakali, Kapalini।
Durga, Shiva, Kshama, Dhatri, Svaha, Svadha Namostu Te॥
Esha Sachandana Gandha Pushpa Bilva Patranjali Om Hreem Durgayai Namah॥
Here in All Dates of Durga Puja 2018:
|Mahalaya 2018||Tuesday||9 October 2018|
|Maha Panchami 2018||Sunday||14 October 2018|
|Maha Sasthi 2018||Monday||15 October 2018|
|Maha Saptami 2018||Tuesday||16 October 2018|
|Maha Ashtami 2018||Wednesday||17 October 2018|
|Maha Nabami 2018||Thursday||18 October 2018|
|Bijaya Dashami 2018||Friday||19 October 2018|
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