16th - 20th Aashin 1426
4th - 8th October 2019, Friday-Tuesday
Durga Puja Dates Detailed Information 2019
The main celebrations occur across five consecutive days:
Durga Puja : Shasthi - 4th October, 2019 Friday (16th Aashin 1426)
Durga Puja : Saptami - 5th October, 2019 Saturday (17th Aashin 1426)
Durga Puja : Asthami - 6th October, 2019 Sunday (18th Aashin 1426)
Durga Puja : Nabami - 7th October, 2019 Monday (19th Aashin 1426)
Durga Puja : Dashami - 8th October, 2019 Tuesday (20th Aashin 1426)
Durga Puja: Shasthi - 16th Aashin 1426 (October 4, 2019 - Friay)
Shasthi is when Goddess Durga descends to earth with her four children Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartikeya and Ganesh. The colorful idols of the goddess that have been handcrafted and installed for the festival are unveiled on this day.
Durga Puja: Saptami - 17th Aashin 1426 (October 5, 2019 - Saturday)
Saptami the first day of Durga Puja, is when the holy presence of Goddess Durga is invoked into the idols in a ritual called Pran Pratisthan. The day commences with the Kola Bou bath -- a banana tree is bathed before dawn in a river or body of water, dressed in a sari like a newlywed bride (known as "Kola Bou", the banana bride), and used to transport the goddess's energy. Nine different types of plants are worshiped, representing the nine divine forms of Goddess Durga.
Durga Puja: Ashtami - 18th Aashin 1426 (October 6, 2019 - Sunday)
Ashtami is one of the most significant days of Durga Puja. The goddess is worshiped in the form of a young unmarried virgin girl, adorned as Goddess Durga, in a ritual called the Kumari Puja. In the evening, the important Sandhi Puja is performed to worship Goddess Durga in her Chamunda form, which slayed the two accomplices of buffalo demon Mahishasura -- Chanda and Munda -- during her battle to kill the demon. The puja is carried out at the time the slaying took place.
Durga Puja: Navami - 19th Aashin 1426 (October 7, 2019 - Monday)
Navami is the last day of worship, which concludes with a maha aarti (great fire ceremony) to mark the end of the rituals and prayers. Goddess Durga is believed to have killed the buffalo demon Mahishasura on this day, and she's worshiped in the form of Mahisasuramardini, the Annihilator of the Buffalo Demon. Everyone gets dressed up in their finest, most glamorous clothes. The goddess's favorite bhog (food) is prepared and offered to her, and then distributed to devotees.
Durga Puja: Dashami - 20th Aashin 1426 (October 8, 2019 - Tuesday)
Dashami is when Goddess Durga returns to her husband's abode and the idols are taken for immersion. Married women offer red vermillion powder to the Goddess and smear themselves with it (this powder denotes the status of marriage, and hence fertility and bearing of children). After the immersion, people visit their relatives and friends to give and receive blessings. Sweets are distributed and lavish dinners shared. The dress code for the day is traditional and classic.
Durga Puja will be Upcoming Years on performed 2020 to 2025.
Based on Indian Standard Time:
Durga Puja 2020 : 21st - 26th October, 2020
Durga Puja 2021 : 11th - 15th October, 2021
Durga Puja 2022 : 01st - 05th October, 2022
Durga Puja 2023 : 20th - 24th October, 2023
Durga Puja 2024 : 09th - 13th October, 2024
Durga Puja 2025 : 28th September - 02nd October, 2025