Durga Puja is a famous Hindu festival when Goddess Durga is worshipped. Durga Puja is also known as Durgotsava or Navaratri . The word Navaratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights, During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Devi Durga are worshipped. The tenth day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or “Dussehra” .
But mostly Durgotsava refers to five days festivity that starts from its sixth day i.e Shashthi and continue till Vijayadashami.
Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil. In Bengal, Durga is worshipped as Durgotinashini, the destroyer of evil and the protector of her devotees.
Durga Puja Dates, Panchang for 9 Days
Durga Puja Day One – 01 October 2016
Durga Puja – 02 October 2016
Chandra Darshan Tithi
Durga Puja Day Two – 03 October 2016
Durga Puja Day Three – 4 October 2016
Tritiya Puja or
Sindoor Tritiya Day
Durga Puja Day Four – 5 October 2016
Durga Puja Day Five – 6 October 2016
Durga Puja Day Six – 7 October 2016
Durga Puja Day Seven – 8 October 2016
Durga Puja Day Eighth – 9 October 2016,
Sandhi Puja, Kumari Puja and Saraswati Puja
Durga Puja Day Nine – 10 October 2016,
Maha Navami Puja
Durga Puja Day Tenth – 11 October 2016,
Durga Visarjan, Vijayadashami
Know Detailed Durga Puja Calendar at Drikpanchang.