Durga Puja 2022: Durga Puja, India’s grandest and most spectacular festival, has arrived. Check out the important puja rituals as well as the dos and don’ts for the festival.
Durga Puja 2022
One of India’s most important festivals, is celebrated with grandeur and zeal. Durga Puja is especially important in West Bengal, but it is also widely observed in Odisha, Tripura, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat. It is another celebration that shows the triumph of good over evil. As it commemorates the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura, the Buffalo demon.
Goddess Durga is worshipped on the final day of Navratri. The Durga Puja rituals are a collection of traditions that were developed in religious writings hundreds of years ago and are expected to be followed for the entire nine days, from Mahalaya to Dashmi, with each day having a different significance. Here’s everything you need to know.
Durga Puja Rituals
During the “Mahalaya” festival, Goddess Durga is invited to visit Earth for a week.
On the first day, a large, exquisitely crafted idol of Maa Durga is installed on decorated Podiums throughout the city, and the worship space at homes is cleansed and a Kalash is placed as a sign of the goddess.
After the idol is set up, a ceremony is performed on Saptami to invoke her holy presence. This is known as Pran Pratishthan.
On Ashtami, the goddess is worshipped in the form of a virgin girl in a ceremony known as Kumari Puja, which is held to maintain the holiness of the female energy and its spread in society. Goddess Durga is said to transform into a Kumari after the puja. On Navami, prayers are offered to the goddess through the Maha Arti fire ceremony.
On the final day of Puja, Goddess returns to her husband’s home, and the idol is brought outside for immersion. At the end of the celebration, a massive rally is paraded through the city to allow devotees to see the deity.