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Indian Festival of Durga Puja — Maha Sasthi
Durga Puja is one of the biggest Hindu festivals in India that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and grandeur. Durga Puja is also known as Durgotsava and Sharadotsava. Durga Puja is particularly a significant festival of West Bengal. For Bengalis, it is a five days long festival celebration which is been observed as Sasthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadasami. The festival begins on Sasthi and ends on Dasami when the idol of goddess Durga is immersed into the rivers or any other water bodies.
Festival of Durga Puja epitomises the triumph of Good (goddess Durga) over Evil (Mahisasura the demon). It is a worship of power of good which always wins over the evil.
In 2017, Durga Puja dates are September 26 to September 30.
The Grand immersion of Durga idols happens on September 30, 2017.
Another notable date, before the start of Durga Puja, is Mahalaya. On this day, Goddess Durga is invited to come to the earth. In 2017, it falls on September 19.
The Goddess Durga arrives on the Earth on the first day of Devi Paksha which starts on the next day of Mahalaya Amavasya during Pitru Paksha. She departs on Durga Visarjan day. The weekdays when she arrives and departs are significant and considered as omen of coming time.
Goddess Durga arrival on Palanquin, and departure on Charanayudha.
Durga Puja (Maha Sasthi) — September 26, 2017
Durgotsava 2017 — Maha Sasthi
September 26, 2017 (Ashshin 9, 1424)
- Bilva Nimantran
- Kalparambha, Akal Bodhon
- Amantran and Adhivas
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Durga Puja Parikrama — September 26, 2017
Twenty famous Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata you should not miss to visit. We present glimpses of five of them on Sasthi. But before that watch this Durga Puja Parikrama video.
Sreebhumi Sporting Club in Kolkata
The palace of movie Bahubali’s Mahishmati, has been recreated by the Sreebhumi Sporting club puja commitee through their pandal. The Goddess Durga is wearing gold jewellery too, like the same way Bahubali movie portrayed it.
(Image Courtesy: SreeBhumi Sporting Club Durga Pujo/Facebook)
Badamtala Ashar Sangha in Kalighat, South Kolkata
Badamtala Ashar Sangha is a long standing Durga Puja pandal which is 75 years old and has a very special place in everyone’s heart.
(Image Courtesy: Facebook)
Durga idol at Hindustan Park in South Kolkata
(Image Courtesy: Express photo by Partha Paul)
Durga idol at Bagbazar in Kolkata
Bagbazar is one of the oldest and famous Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata. The Pandal is simple and attracts devotees with its beautiful idol of Goddess Durga.
(Image Courtesy: Facebook)
Tridhara Sammilani Durga Puja in South Kolkata
The focus is on the environment and an immediacy to address issues that threaten it. This year’s theme is titled ‘Nature destroyed by Urbanisation.’
(Image Courtesy: HT Photo by Samir Jana)