Durga Puja at Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati, Assam

Durga Puja celebrations at Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati in Assam begins on Pitru Paksha Ekadasi (26 September 2016) with Pashekia Puja. As per the temple legends, Kamakhya leaves Kailash on Indira Ekadasi for Devi Paksha which begins on Ashwin Pratipada (1 October 2016). Prior to Navratri Durga Puja celebrations, Kamakhya temple is cleaned and decorated with […]

Durga Puja 2016 calendar in Bengal, Durga Pooja Schedule, Timings in Bengali Calendar

Here is the schedule of Durga Puja 2016, Durga Puja 2016 calendar with timings and muhurats for puja. Durga puja is the most auspicious and the biggest festival celebrated with utmost gusto in Bengal. Durga Puja 2016 starts on 7 October with Shashti Durga Puja and ends on 11 October with Bijaya dashami Durga Puja. Originally, Durga Puja begins on Mahalaya Amavasya […]

Kalparambho for Durga Puja: Food offerings, Puja offerings & items list

Kalparambho is one of the important rituals of the Bengalis during Durga Puja in Navratri. Navaratri marks the homecoming of the Goddess Durga from her heavenly abode. It is celebrated with huge enthusiasm all over the country. The Bengalis have a very unique and elaborate ways of worshipping the Goddess. There are different rituals for […]

Kanya Puja 2017, Kumari Pooja during Navratri Durga Puja

Kanya Puja, Kumari Pooja or Kanjak Pooja, is the main ritual observed during Navratri Durga Puja. In 2017, Kanya Puja date is September 28. In some regions, Kanya Pooja is performed on Durgashtami (September 28) or on Mahanavami (September 29). During Chaitra Navaratri, Kanya Puja date is April 4 / April 5, 2017. Kanya or Kumari Puja […]

Vijayadashami 2016 date, October 10 or 11 October ?

Durga Devi

Vijayadashami 2016 date is October 10 or 11 October? Read on this article to confirm the date of Vijayadashami in 2016.. This year, Vijayadashami should be celebrated on October 11, Tuesday and should avoid celebrating it on 10th, Monday. Why Vijayadashami date is 11 October? According to the ‘Dharma Sindhu’, one of the standard scriptures for Hindu […]

Maha Saptami 2016

Maha Saptami, Durga Saptami, is the seventh day of Navratri and second day of Durga Puja in Bengal. In 2016, Maha Saptami date is October 8. Mahagauri Maa is worshipped as part of Navadurga Puja on this year’s Saptami Navratri Puja. Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi Puja is performed in Navadevi Alankarams procedure in South Indian Temples, […]

Significance of Navaratri Alankarams of Durga Mata

Navaratri Navadurga Navadevi

What is the Significance of Navaratri Alankarams of Durga Mata? Why Goddess Durga worshipped in nine different forms on each day of Navaratri? A quote cited by Devi in Sri Devi Mahatmyam says “Ekaivaaham jagatyatra dviteeya kaa mamaaparaa” (I am the only eternal power in the world and none else the second). Therefore all these different […]

Durga Bilva Patra Puja: Durga Puja with Bilva Patra or Bel leaves

Durga Bilva patra puja is one of the most offered pujas to Goddess Durga. In many temples and houses, Durga puja is performed by using bilva patra for abhishekam and archana. Those who perform bilva patra puja to Goddess Durga will be blessed with eternal happiness and bliss. ‘Beejakshara thrayam’ is written on bilva patra […]

Durga Puja Pandal or Mandap – Preparations for Durga Pooja

Durga Puja pandal or pooja mandap which we select is the most important thing in performing and accomplishing Durga Navratri puja. Select a plain and wide place and clean it with fresh water (if possible use Ganga water). Draw some floral designs (rangoli petterns) with flour. Arrange a Pooja pandal or mandap and decorate or […]

Kumari Pooja Procedure, Durga Navaratri Kanya Puja

Kumari Puja during Navaratri

Kumari pooja, Kanya Puja, is a ritual performed on Durgashtami day during Durga Navratri or Durga Puja. This puja is offered to virgin girls who are not attained puberty. Virgin girls are worshipped as nine Goddesses of Navaratri. In some places Kumari pooja is also performed on Mahanavami. How is Kumari Puja Performed? The devotees […]