When is Durga Puja?
How long until Navami of Durga Puja?
|This holiday next takes place in 164 Days.|
|Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga|
Dates of Durga Puja
Regions where Navami of Durga Puja is a holiday
|Assam, Tripura, West Bengal|
In India, Durga Puja is a public holiday in several states. The names and dates may differ and some states observe holidays related to the festivals of Dusserhra and Navrati which are celebrated on similar dates.
Traditions of Durja Puja
Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsava or Mahashtami, is a Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates the worship of the goddess Durga.
Durga Puja celebrates the ten-armed mother goddess, and her victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.
While celebrated across India, In West Bengal, Assam and Tripura, it is the biggest festival of the year and the most significant cultural event in Bengali Hindu society.
The world was under threat from the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura, that no man or god could defeat. To vanquish the demon, Durga emerged from the collective energies of all the gods. Each of her ten arms brandished the deadliest weapon of each god. Durga was the mother to four gods, Kartikeya, Ganesha, Saraswati and Lakshmi.
To Hindus, Durga represents the embodiment of shakti, the powerful feminine force that governs all cosmic creation, existence and change.
Before his battle with Ravana, Lord Rama invoked the goddess and her victory over the buffalo-demon, which ties the festivals of Durga Puja and Dusserhra closely together.
Key days during Durga Puja
The rituals of Durga Puja last ten days with the start and the last five days being special festivals that are refelected in public holidays in some states in India.
Mahalaya marks the start of the Durga Puja festival. Read more about Mahalaya.
On the seventh day (saptami) of Durga Puja, the goddess started her epic battle against Mahishasura. Read more about Maha Saptami.
This is the eighth day of Durga Puja celebrations, when the weapons used by Durga are worshipped. Read more about Durga Ashtami.
This is the ninth day of Durga Puja. On this day, the victory of Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura is celebrated. Read more about Maha Navami.
Aalso known as Dashain or Tenth day of Navratri or Durgotsav, Vijaya Dashami commemorates the day that Durga appeared riding a lion to slay the Mahisasura. Read more about Vijaya Dashami.