Navami of Durga Puja around the world in 2021

Navami of Durga Puja around the world in 2021
Durga slays Mahisasura, Temple sculpture in Mahabalipuram, India Image by mountainamoeba , via Flickr

  Dates of Navami of Durga Puja around the world
2022 Various Oct 4
India Oct 4
AssamTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
BiharTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
JharkhandTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
KeralaTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
MeghalayaTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
OdishaTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
SikkimTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
TelanganaTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
TripuraTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
West BengalTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
NepalTue, Oct 4National Holiday
2021 Various Oct 14
India Oct 14
AssamThu, Oct 14Regional Holiday
BiharThu, Oct 14Regional Holiday
OdishaThu, Oct 14Regional Holiday
TripuraThu, Oct 14Regional Holiday
West BengalThu, Oct 14Regional Holiday
NepalThu, Oct 14National Holiday
2020 Various Oct 24, Oct 25
India Oct 24, Oct 25
AssamSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
BiharSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
OdishaSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
West BengalSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
JharkhandSat, Oct 24Regional Holiday
KeralaSat, Oct 24Regional Holiday
SikkimSat, Oct 24Regional Holiday
TelanganaSat, Oct 24Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshSat, Oct 24Regional Holiday
NepalSat, Oct 24National Holiday
2019 Various Oct 6, Oct 7
India Oct 6, Oct 7
AssamMon, Oct 7Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshMon, Oct 7Regional Holiday
TripuraMon, Oct 7Regional Holiday
West BengalMon, Oct 7Regional Holiday
OdishaSun, Oct 6Regional Holiday
NepalMon, Oct 7National Holiday
2018 Various Oct 18
IndiaThu, Oct 18Regional Holiday
NepalThu, Oct 18National Holiday
  Summary
Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga
  Which countries observe Navami of Durga Puja in 2021?
  IndiaOct 14Regional Holiday
  NepalOct 14National Holiday

When is 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.

In India, Maha Navami is a public holiday in several states.

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

Traditions of Maha Navami

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 reflected in public holidays in some states in India.

Mahalaya

Mahalaya marks the start of the Durga Puja festival. 

Maha Saptami

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

Durga Ashtami

This is the eighth day of Durga Puja celebrations when the weapons used by Durga are worshipped.

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.

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