Maha Navami in India 2019

National and Public Holidays in India Regional Hindu holiday in India

Maha Navami is the ninth day of Durga Puja and is the day when the goddess Durga is believed to have finally defeated the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.
Durga slays Mahisasura, Temple sculpture in Mahabalipuram, India

When is Maha Navami?

How long until Navami of Durga Puja?
This holiday next takes place in 172 Days.
1 Day
Dates of Navami of Durga Puja
Year Weekday Date
2020 Saturday
2019 Monday
2018 Thursday
2017 Friday
2016 Monday
Regions where Navami of Durga Puja is a holiday
Assam, Tripura, West Bengal
Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga

In India, Maha Navami is a public holiday in several states. In 2019 Navami is celebrated on 7 October 2019 in Assam, Tripura, West Bengal.

n South India, Maha Navami may be observed as Ayudha Puja or Astra Puja.

Traditions of Maha Navami

Maha Navami is the ninth day of the Durga Puja festival. It is the final day of worship before Vijaya Dashami, the end of Navratri.

On this day, the goddess Durga is believed to finally defeated the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.

To mark her victory the goddess Durga is worshipped as Mahisasurmardini.

Devotees of the goddess will pray to Durga for prosperity and good health. In West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand and Tripura the puja is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Some believe that puja done on this day is equal to all the puja done during all the other days of Navratri. Huge crowds gather to offer prayers and to enjoy festive treats and participate in cultural events.

Durga Puja

While celebrated across India, In West Bengal, Assam and Tripura, Durga Puja is the biggest festival of the year and the most significant cultural event in Bengali Hindu society.

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.

Maha Saptami

On the seventh day (saptami) of Durga Puja, the goddess started her epic battle against Mahishasura. Read more about Maha Saptami.

Durga Ashtami

This is the eighth day of Durga Puja celebrations, when the weapons used by Durga are worshipped. Read more about Durga Ashtami.

Vijaya Dashami

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.

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