Mata Durga is one of the most popular and widely revered Hindu deities. And this festival of Durga Puja is dedicated to her because she is worshiped as a mother. He is a symbol of strength, protection and destruction. Maa Durga uses her divine wrath on demonic powers and protects her devotees.
He is worshiped all over the country and this four-day long festival, which is an annual festival, is celebrated with enthusiasm in the month of Ashwin of the Hindu luni-solar calendar.
It is celebrated during Sharad and hence, it is also called as Shardiya Durga Puja. Durga Puja also known as Durgotsav and Shardotsav is a five-day festival period. This year it will be celebrated from October 11 to October 15.
Durga Puja 2021: Days
Day 1. October 11
Bilva Invitation, Kalparambha
famine senses, invitation, oversight
Day 2. 12 October
Navapatrika Puja, Kolabau Puja
Day 3. 13 October
Durga Ashtami, Kumari Puja
Day 4. 14 October
Maha Navami, Durga Sacrifice
Day 5. 15 October
Immersion of Durga, Vijayadashami
Durga Puja 2021: Significance
According to Devi Mahatmya, this festival is a celebration of the victory of Mother Durga over the demon Mahishasura. According to mythology, Lord Rama worshiped Goddess Durga before leaving for Lanka for a battle with Ravana.
Chandi Home was built by Lord Rama. This was an untimely invocation of Mother Durga which is known as Akal Bodhan. With the blessings of Mother Durga, Lord Rama conquered the demon Ravana.
Since that time these days are considered very holy and suitable for getting the blessings of Mother Durga.
Mother Durga is the wife of Lord Shiva, hence Lord Shiva is also worshipped. It is believed that Mata Durga resides in the house of her birth along with her children, namely, Mata Lakshmi, Mata Saraswati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya. All these deities are worshiped during Durga Puja.
Durga Puja 2021: Celebrations
Temporary sculpted structures called pandals are erected to worship Mother Durga along with her children, Mata Lakshmi, Mata Saraswati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya. The setting up and decoration of the pandal starts several days before Durga Puja.
This festival is also celebrated with scripture lessons, banquets and cultural programs.
On the last day the worshiped idols are carried to a nearby reservoir, with enthusiasm in a procession. Women celebrate the sindoor festival. The idols are immersed in water. This is a symbolic return to their matrimonial home.
Note- The information given here is based on religious beliefs and folk beliefs, there is no scientific evidence for this. It has been presented here keeping in mind the general public interest.
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