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Durga Puja 2017: Celebrations coming soon… Here's the festivity schedule
Durga Puja is one of the sacred festivities of the Hindu community held across India and many parts of the world in which Hindus worship Devi Maa Durga.

Durga Puja is celebrated in Bengal, Assam, Orissa, parts of Jharkhand, Bihar and few places in Uttar Pradesh & Delhi; and in rest of India, it is celebrated as Navratri Utsav.

Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal is at the center of all celebrations and festivities as thousands of small, medium and large Puja mandaps are set up in every corner of the city to celebrate the festival with lakhs of visitors coming from every part of Bengal and India.

In Bengal and especially Kolkata, puja fever picks up days before and shopping and planning become the most important routines of every household. The City of Joy becomes puja centric from Panchami till Bijoydashmi.

In Kolkata, puja pandals are made in latest and different themes every year to send the message of Durga Maa –"Victory of good over Evil". Some of the puja pandals are known for traditional ways of puja which become centre of attraction for puja hoppers.

The main theme of puja remains the same and is celebrated as victory of good over evil and Devi Durga is remembered as motherly power behind all life and creation.

While rest of India celebrates last day puja with Ramleela and Ravan Dahan, people here enjoy and celebrate it as Bijoydashmi.

The best part of Durga Puja is the devotion of visitors who stand in queues for hours to visit puja pandals and get darshan of Devi Durga. The puja continues throughout night of Panchami till Dashmi.

In 2017, Durga Puja is to be observed from September 25 to September 30, 2017.

Mahapanchami: September 25, 2017 (Monday). This day observes maximum number of puja openings or Udbhodhan. Most of the puja hoppers start their visit from this day.

Maha Shashti: September 26, 2017 (Tuesday). This auspicious day witnesses opening of many small to medium sized puja pandals. The pandals continue to welcome influx of lakhs of visitors.

Maha Saptmai: September 27, 2017 (Wednesday). It witnesses the peak of puja hopping and every pandal and prominent place is thronged with enthusiastic Durga devotees.

Maha Ashtami: September 28, 2017 (Thursday). The devotees keep fasting and offer puja at various puja pandals.

Maha Navmi: September 29, 2017 (Friday). Navami aum, Durga balidan and other puja rituals are followed.

Bijoydashmi: September 30, 2017 (Saturday). Last day for puja hoppers and devotees as puja visrajan (immersion) starts from this day. In some of the pandals traditional sindoor utsav is played between married couples to honour Devi Durga.

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