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 2013 schedule and calendar..
The detailed Durga Puja 2013 calendar (dates & Schedule) in Bengal:
Mahalaya Torpon – 4 October 2013
Panchami – 9 October 2013 (From 1.15 AM, 19th October to 11.12 PM on 9th October)
Durga Puja 2013 calendar or schedule in Bengali calendar
Shashti Durga Puja –10 October 2013, Thursday
Shashti begins on 9 October at 11.12 PM and ends at 8.58 PM on 10 October
Kalparambho time – need to perform before 9.27 AM, 10 October
Durga Devi Bodhon, Amantran, and Adhibas are performed in the evening.
Saptami Durga Puja – 11 October 2013, Friday
Saptami begins on 8.58 PM on 10 October and ends at 6.35 PM on 11 October
Nabo Patrika 2013 time is – to perform before 8:29 AM
Predawn bathing of Kala Bow is also performed on this day.
Midnight Durga Puja on 11 October 2013 (Mahanisha Puja, Nishi ratri Pooja) – is between 10.57 PM to 11.45 PM.
Ashtami Durga Puja – 12 October 2013, Saturday
Ashtami begins on 6.35 PM on 11 October and ends at 4.10 PM on 12 October.
Sandhi Puja 2013 time is – between 3.46 PM to 4.34 PM
Sacrifice or Bali Puja – 4.10 PM
Nabami Durga Puja – 13 October 2013, Sunday
Nabami begins at 4.10 PM on 12 October and ends at 1.48 PM same day.
Nabami Puja time – by 9.27 AM
Dashami Durga Puja - 14 October 2013, Monday
Dashami begins on 1.48 PM on 13 October and ends at 11.34 AM on 14 October
Durga Visarjan 2013 or immersion time is – before 9:27 AM.
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.