Durga Puja 2023: All You Need to Know From Celebrations to Rituals

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Durga Puja 2023

Durga Puja is also referred to as Sharodotosav or Durgotsava. It is the most auspicious and recognized festival in India. This festival is celebrated to pay homage to the Hindu Goddess Durga Maa for her victory over the demon Mahishasura. Durga Puja lasts for 5 days. It begins following the last four days of Navratri. This year Durga Puja will commence on 20 October 2023 with Mahalaya meaning the arrival of Goddess Durga and end with the Visarjan on 24 October 2023 on the day of Dashmi. Continue Reading to learn about the rituals followed in Durga Puja!

Also Read: Essay on Durga Puja

Why Do We Celebrate Durga Puja?

This Hindu festival is celebrated with immense fervour and enthusiasm. Durga Puja is celebrated widely in India, especially in West Bengal. People bring home the idol of Maa Durga and perform rituals on Saptami, Ashtami, and Dashmi. Durga Puja is the festival to celebrate the fierce warrior Goddess Durga and her victory of righteousness over the evil Mahisasur.

Durga Puja
Source: HariHarji

Durga Puja 2023 Celebration Ideas

Here are some celebration ideas for Durga Puja 2023:

  1. Decorate the Pandal to welcome Goddess Durga.
  2. People play with colours.
  3. Kaniya Pujan is done.
  4. People wear traditional clothes and dance to express their happiness.
  5. People do fasting on Durga Puja
Durga Puja 2023
Source: English Jagran

Important Dates of Navratri and Durga Puja 2023

Here are the important dates of Shardiya Navratri and Durga Puja:

Pratipada15 October 2023Sunday
Dwitiya16 October 2023Monday
Tritiya17 October 2023Tuesday
Chaturthi18 October 2023Wednesday
Panchami19 October 2023Thursday
Shashthi20 October 2023Friday
Saptami21 October 2023Saturday
Ashtami22 October 2023Sunday
Navami23 October 2023Monday
Dashmi24 October 2023Tuesday

Also Read: Festivals in October 2023 in India

Durga Puja 2023 Traditional Rituals

Here are some Rituals followed on Durga Puja:

  1. Mahalaya: On this day Durga Maa is believed to come on earth. So, people bring home the idol of Maa Durga and worship her till the day of Visarjana i.e. Dashmi.
Source: Jagran

2. Sindoor Khela: It is the most important tradition followed especially by the people of West Bengal.

Sindoor Khela
Source: News18

3. Visarjana: On the day of Dashmi the idol of Goddess Durga is immersed in water bodies. It is believed that on Dashmi she returns back to heaven and bids farewell to earth. This is the most emotional moment for the devotees.

Source: News18 Hindi

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When Durga Puja start in 2023?

Durga Puja is an annual Indian Festival. It starts in the last 5 days of Navratri. This year Durga Puja will be celebrated from 20 October 2023 till 24 October 2023.

How to date Navratri 2023?

Shardiya Navratri is a 9-day festival of Hindu religion. This festival is devoted to Maa Durga and her nine incarnations. Navratri 2023 will start from 15 October 2023 to 24 October 2023.

When is Dashmi of Durga Puja?

the start of Durga Puja means Shashthi Tithi is on 20 October 2023, and it will end with the Visarjan of Durga maa means on the day of Dashmi on 24 October 2023.

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