Durga Puja 2021: The auspicious pageant of Durga Puja is an annual five-day celebration originating within the Indian subcontinent which pays homage to the goddess Maa Durga. It celebrates the victory of excellent over evil as goddess Durga killed demon king Mahishasur. In response to Hindu mythology, it’s believed that the goddess visits her earthly abode throughout this time to bless her devotees.
Durga Puja holds nice significance for the Bengali neighborhood. Nonetheless, additionally it is celebrated, with a lot pomp, in different states like Odisha, Assam, Tripura, Bihar and Jharkhand. Individuals start their preparations to welcome the goddess on Mahalaya, which was celebrated on October 6. The pageant ends with Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra, marking the tip of Durga Puja and the nine-day lengthy Navratri celebrations. Vijay Dashami marks the triumph of Goddess Durga over the demon king Mahishasura. Alternatively, Dussehra or Dasara celebrates the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana.
When is Durga Puja 2021?
This yr Durga Puja begins from Monday, October 11 (Maha Shasthi) and can finish on Friday, October 15. On Maha Shashti, Durga Puja celebrations start with full gusto and the idol of Maa Durga is unveiled to guests on the pandal. Drums, referred to as ‘Dhaak’, are banged on each pandal. Throughout Durga Puja, devotees get up early to worship the goddess and observe different rituals.
Durga Puja 2021 Dates
Mahalaya: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Maha Shasthi: Monday, October 11, 2021
Maha Saptami: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Durga Ashtami: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Maha Navami: Thursday, October 14, 2021
Vijaya Dashami (Dussehra): Friday, October 15, 2021
Durga Puja Significance
In response to Hindu mythology, the demon Mahishasura had acquired a boon of invincibility from Lord Brahma, which meant that no man or god may kill him. Mahishasura attacked the gods and chased them out of heaven after receiving the blessing. To battle off the demon king, all of the gods got here collectively to worship Adi Shakti. The divine gentle that got here out of all of the gods in the course of the puja created Maa Durga.
The battle between Maa Durga and Mahishasura lasted for ten days. Goddess Durga slayed the demon king on the tenth day, and therefore the day it’s celebrated as Vijaya Dashami, symbolising the victory of excellent over evil. On the final day, devotees immerse Goddess Durga’s idol within the holy water of the river Ganges. It is named Durga Visarjan. Earlier than the immersion, worshippers perform processions accompanied by the beating of drums, singing and dancing.