The primary goddess revered during Durga Puja is Durga, but her stage and celebrations feature other major deities of Hinduism such as goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth, prosperity), Saraswati (goddess of knowledge and music), Ganesha (god of good beginnings) and Kartikeya (god of war). The latter two are considered to be children of Durga (Parvati). The Hindu god Shiva, as Durga’s husband, is also revered during this festival. The festival begins on the first day with Mahalaya, marking Durga’s advent in her battle against evil. Starting with the sixth day (Sasthi), the goddess is welcomed, festive Durga worship and celebrations begin in elaborately decorated temples and pandals hosting the statues.Lakshmi and Saraswati are revered on the following days. The festival ends of the tenth day of Vijaya Dashami, when with drum beats of music and chants, Shakta Hindu communities start a procession carrying the colorful clay statues to a river or ocean and immerse them, as a form of goodbye and her return to divine cosmos and Mount Kailash.
This year’s Durga Puja is very special for all. Durga Puja 2018 Schedule is present below for you to check.
|Mahalaya 2018||8th October,2018.||Monday|
|Maha Panchami 2018||14th October,2018.||Sunday|
|Maha Shosthi 2018||15th October,2018.||Monday|
|Maha Saptami 2018||16th October,2018.||Tuesday|
|Maha Ashtami 2018||17tth October,2018.||Wednesday|
|Maha Nabami 2018||18th October,2018.||Thursday|
|Bijaya Dashami 2018||19th October,2018.||Friday|
Get in detailed timing of all Durga Puja Days from here.