Durga Puja (Durgotsava) is one of the most celebrated festivals in Bengal. It starts with Mahalaya, the first phase of Shukla Paksha in Aashin maas (Ashwin month). Maha Sashti or Durga Puja Shashti is the first day of Durga Puja in Bengal. Click here to read more about Durga Puja 2014 schedule and calendar..
The detailed Durga Puja 2014 calendar (dates & Schedule) in Bengal:
In 2014, Durga Puja begins on September 29 with Bilva Nimantran and Kalparambha and ends on Vijayadasami with Durga Visarjan.
Here is the detailed calendar of Durga Puja 2014…
September 29, 2014: Durga Puja begins on Panchami…
Main events of the day: Bilva Nimantran
September 30, 2014 – Durga Puja Sashti
Main events of the day: Kalparambha, Akalbodhan, Amantran, Adhivas
October 1, 2014 – Durga Puja Saptami
Main events of the day: Nabapatrika Puja, Kalabou Puja
October 2, 2014 – Durga Puja Ashtami
Main events of the day: Durga Ashtami, Kumari Puja, Sandhi Puja, Mahanavami
October 3, 2014 – Durga Puja Navami
Main events of the day: Durga Balidaan, Navami Homa, Vijayadashami
October 4, 2014 – Durga Puja Dashami
Main events of the day – Durga Bisarjan, Vijayadashami, Sindhoor Utsav (Sindoor Kela)
The main Durga Puja starts on Maha Saptami and ends on Mahanavami. On Bijoya Dashami day, Durga Puja ends with Durga Bisarjan (Durga immersion).
Durga Puja is celebrated with lot of gusto in cities of West Bengal like Kolkata, Siliguri, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Durgapur, Bishnupur, Krishnanagar, Chandan Nagar, and Midnapur. It is a scintillating festival even the cities outside Bengal like Bangalore, Mysore, Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, and towns in Assam, Orissa, and Sikkim.
The Hindu communities, especially Bengali community residing outside India celebrate Durga Puja in tremendous manner. Durga Puja is the biggest Hindu celebration in USA (Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, New York, Texas, and many more cities in America), UK (London, Leicester, Birmingham, Leeds), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth), Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, and some Europe cities.