Kanya Puja 2014, Kumari Pooja during Navratri Durga Puja

Kanya Puja, Kumari Pooja or Kanjak Pooja, is the main ritual observed during Navratri Durga Puja. Kanya Puja 2014 date is October 2. In some regions, Kanya Pooja is performed on Durgashtami (October 2) or on Mahanavami (October 3). In Chaitra Navratri, Kanya Puja date is April 7.

Kanya or Kumari Puja is a ritual of worshipping a girl aged between six and twelve, symbolising the Kanya Kumari (virgin) form of Goddess Durga Devi. Devotees perform the Kanya Puja in front of the idol of Goddess Durga. Devotees believe that a Kanya is a living replica of the Goddess Durga.

Read Kanya Puja vidhi, procedure of Kanya Puja here..

A young girl aged 1 year to 12 years who is not attained puberty considered as a Kanya for Kanya Puja. The Kanya Kumari is named according to her age:

1 year – Sandhya,

2 years – Saraswati,

3 years – Tridhamurthi,

4 years – Kalika,

5 years – Subhaga,

6 years – Uma,

7 years – Malini,

8 years – Kuvjika,

9 years – Kalasandarbha,

10 years – Aparajita,

11 years – Rudrani,

12 years – Bhairavi and

13 years – Mahalaxmi.

Kanya Puja is a main ritual of Mahanavami in Bengal during Durga Pooja.

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