Durga Puja in India in 2019

Durga Puja in India in 2019
  How long until Durga Puja?
This holiday next takes place in 22 days.
  Dates of Durga Puja in India
2021 Oct 15
AssamFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
2020 Oct 25
OdishaSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
SikkimSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
TripuraSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
2019 Oct 8
AssamTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
OdishaTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
SikkimTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
2018 Oct 16, Oct 18, Oct 19, Oct 20, Oct 22, Oct 23
TripuraTue, Oct 23Regional Holiday
TripuraMon, Oct 22Regional Holiday
SikkimSat, Oct 20Regional Holiday
TripuraSat, Oct 20Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
AssamThu, Oct 18Regional Holiday
SikkimThu, Oct 18Regional Holiday
TripuraThu, Oct 18Regional Holiday
AssamTue, Oct 16Regional Holiday
OdishaTue, Oct 16Regional Holiday
SikkimTue, Oct 16Regional Holiday
TripuraTue, Oct 16Regional Holiday
West BengalTue, Oct 16Regional Holiday
2017 Sep 27, Sep 28
OdishaThu, Sep 28Regional Holiday
SikkimThu, Sep 28Regional Holiday
TripuraThu, Sep 28Regional Holiday
West BengalThu, Sep 28Regional Holiday
OdishaWed, Sep 27Regional Holiday
TripuraWed, Sep 27Regional Holiday
West BengalWed, Sep 27Regional Holiday
Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga
  Durga Puja in other countries
Durga Puja internationally
  Which regions observe Durga Puja in 2019?
Assam  AssamOct 8Regional Holiday
Odisha  OdishaOct 8Regional Holiday
Sikkim  SikkimOct 8Regional Holiday

When is Durga Puja?

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 Dussehra and Navrati which are celebrated on similar dates.

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 Dussehra closely together.

Key days during Durga Puja

The rituals of Durga Puja last ten days with the start and the last four days being special festivals that are reflected in public holidays in some states in India.


Mahalaya marks the start of the Durga Puja festival. On this day, the goddess Durga is believed to have descended to Earth and large, elaborately crafted statutes of Durga are set up in homes and decorated podiums, called Pandals.

Maha Saptami

On the seventh day (saptami) of Durga Puja, the goddess started her epic battle against Mahishasura.


Known as Durgashtami, Mahashtami or Durga Ashtami, this is the eighth day of Durga Puja celebrations. Durgastami is one of the important days of Durga Puja and many people may fast on this day. The weapons of the gods used by Durga are worshipped today.

Vijaya Dashami

Also 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. Statutes of Durga are paraded through the streets, then immersed in water.

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