How Durga Puja is Solely Connected to me.

It is dawn and the residents of Kolkata, the city of joy are about to start their day. But the clay potters are found busy with making images in West Bengal. Do you know why they are busy? Yes, it is because Durga Puja 2017 is knocking at the door. The potters have no time to take a break at all as they have to complete the idols before the biggest festival of Bengali Hindus begins on October 7 this year.“We are used to working under rush during Durga Puja every year. From my childhood, I was a keen observer of my father’s work, and so I have excelled myself at making clay images. There are several steps to it. First of all, we make jora (combination of straw and ropes). Then we put clay on it and prepare the image based on the catalog given by the puja committee,” said 70-year-old Haripada Paul, a senior clay potter. It’s all fun for us.

Durga Puja 2017

Durga Puja 2017

Durga Puja is the Puja of Asurdalani Maa Durga, who had defeated the evil forces and brought peace and solidarity in the earth..

Durga Puja is one of the most famous and widely celebrated festivals of India. This celebration is a religious celebration  and marks the battle of goddess Durga with  powerful buffalo demon Mahishasura. This festival is actually the celebration for the victory of goddess Durga over the evil power Mahishasura. Every year this is celebrated throughout the country mostly in East India during the Month of September- October. Once you are here during this festival time don’t miss to be at Kolkata to participate in the grand celebration. Normally govt and also private clubs and other organisation both contribute to the decoration and lighting of the city. You will be amazed to see how beautifully artists decorate the Puja Pandals and the statue of Devi Durga.

Durga Puja 2017 is without Doubt the Most Famous with Largely Celebrated Festival in West Bengal, India. This celebration is a religious celebration  and marks the battle of goddess Durga with  powerful buffalo demon Mahishasura. This festival is actually the celebration for the victory of goddess Durga over the evil power Mahishasura. Every year this is celebrated throughout the country mostly in East India during the Month of September- October. Once you are here during this festival time don’t miss to be at Kolkata to participate in the grand celebration. Normally govt and also private clubs and other organisation both contribute to the decoration and lighting of the city. You will be amazed to see how beautifully artists decorate the puja pandals and the statue of Devi Durga.

Durga Puja 2017 Dates with Calendar

Durga Puja 2017 is Knocking at the Door. And All the Kolkatians eagerly waiting for the day when they can Start their Shopping. Pandal Hoping will also be Started after Few Days with Near and Dear Ones, Family Members. All in all, Durga Puja 2017 Dates are the perfect example of Unity & United Family, Friends together.

Here’s the Durga Puja 2017 Dates in Our very own Durga Puja Calendar:

Name of EventsDayDate of EventsRemarks
Mahalaya 2017Tuesday19 September 2017Mahalaya marks the beggining of Durga Puja.
Maha Panchami 2017Monday25 September 2017Maha Panchami is day that Unofficially marks the commencement of the Durga Puja.
Maha Sasthi 2017Tuesday26 September 2017Maha Shashti is the day of the unveiling of Goddess Durga
Maha Saptami 2017Wednesday27 September 2017Durga Puja Officially Starts from Maha Saptami
Maha Ashtami 2017Thursday28 September 2017Maha Ashtami is the time when Kolkatans start pandalhopping.
Maha Nabami 2017Friday29 September 2017All the rituals start from House Wives before the last day called Maha Nabami
Bijaya Dashami 2017Saturday30 September 2017Bijaya Dashami is the Day when Maa Durga Returns to her Place.

Mahalaya 2017

Mahalaya is considered to be the first day of Durga Puja, when Goddess Durga, the embodiment of feminine power and the victory of good over evil, is invited to descend to Earth by chanting hymns and singing mantras.  Mahalaya Tarpan in Ganges held every year, marks the beginning of Durga Puja 2017 all over the world. For Bengalies in Mahalaya pitripaksh ends, Debipaksh begins. On the same day, people go to the holy Ganges to do Tarpan, that is pay respect to the departed souls of father and ancestors. Different types of Tarpans are done on the day including pitri tarpan, matri tarpan, deb tarpan, etc.

Mahalaya is homecoming. According to the Hindu mythology, Goddess Durga who was married to Lord Siva returns to her paternal residence during the Puja, and this is the preparation for the welcome of the diving homecoming

Mahalaya marks the start of the ‘Devi-Paksha’ and the end of the ‘Pitri-Paksha’. The traditional six day countdown to Maha-saptami starts from Mahalaya. Goddess Durga visits the earth for only four days but seven days prior to the Pujas, starts the Mahalaya. It heralds the advent of Durga, the goddess of supreme power. It’s a kind of invocation or invitation to the mother goddess to descend on earth – “Jago Tumi Jago“.

Goddess Durga starts her journey towards earth on the day of Mahalaya, i.e. on the first day of the Devi-Paksha. This day bears immense significance for the Bengalis. According to Puranas, King Suratha used to worship goddess Durga in spring. Thus Durga Puja was also known as Basanti Puja. But Rama advanced the Puja and worshiped Durga in Autumn and that is why it is known as ‘Akal Bodhon‘ or untimely worship. Rama is said to have performed Durga Puja just before he set for Lanka to rescue Sita from Ravana. It was considered untimely since Puja is performed when the Gods and Goddesses are awake (Uttarayan period) and not held when the Gods and Goddesses are in slumber (Dakshinayan Period). The eye is given to the idol of Devi Durga on this auspicious day.

Bijoya Dashami

Bijoya Dashami has it’s own importance in this religious Festival. Bijoya means Victory in Bengali. This day is celebrated with mixed feelings, both with joy and sorrow. People are happy because they celebrate this day as Victory Day of Devi Durga and at the same time they are sad because it is the last day of the celebration. There is big rally from every Puja Pandal which carries the Devi Durga Statue to the river side for Visharjan. It is like a custom in India to have Jalapies (one Indian sweet) during the day of Bijoya Dashami. People wish each other Subho Bijoya (Happy Bijoya). Younger people touch the feet of elders and seek blessings and elders covey their love to younger ones.

How Durga Aarti can bring you Luck?

Without festivals India actually incomplete. India has more and more festivals. This all festivals are related with aarti because in India without aarti not a single hindu cultural festival is complete. In main festivals of India are Diwali, Durgapuja & Navratri, Holi. These are the biggest and main festival of India. Diwali is festival of light, Holi is festival of color and the Durgapuja is festival of aarti, because this festival celebration big part is aarti. Durgapuja and Navratri is 10 day festivals its end day called Dussera or Vijay Dashmi. Its start from pratipada and dashmi. First day of Durgapuja started with kalash sathapna and aarti. In that time 5 time aarti is important for every household and pandal. Mostly dhoop, deep, conch water, flower and hand fan aarti verry popular in durgapuja time. Nine days of navratri every day aarti perform with very respectly for Maa Durga. In bengali culture Mahaashtami (8thday of the festival) aarti is very important. This day every bengali people pray for their peacefull upcomming year. Dhunachi aarti is very popular cultural dance and also aarti are very important part of Durgapuja. Diwali is festival of light that day also Indian every house clebrate Diwali with worship of laxmi with dhoop and deep aarti, but Navratri & Durgapuja is festival or aarti. Mostly east and north part of India dhoop and deep aarti very popular this time. It is always perform as very traditional way. Dhunachi aarti is very femouse this festival and also Durgapuja sandhy aarti very famous. Eveyone wait for this festival for celebrate with aarti and feel happy for the full year. This time big panchapradeep and dhunachi aarti very popular part of Durgapuja and Navratri.