Durga Puja

Durga Puja, also referred to as Durgotsava, is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It refers to all the ten days observed as Navratri. Durga Puja is the biggest Hindu festival celebrated throughout India. It is a festivity of God winning over the evil, It is a worship of power of God which always wins over the bad. Watch & perform Shri Durga Puja with our pray-along-videos. Perform aartis, read about food restriction, importance/significance of the day.

  1. Let’s first collect all puja items.
  2. Then we will do the puja preparation.
  3. Next we will perform the main Durga Puja.
  4. We will conclude with the aarti.
Let’s Collect Durga Puja Items & Learn Their Significance
  • Rice
  • Sandalwood
  • Moli (red thread)
  • Roli (red powder)
  • Lamp
  • Incense sticks
  • Coconut
  • Flowers
  • Sweets, Fruits
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Curd (Yogurt)
  • Clarified butter (Ghee)
  • Honey
  • Dry fruits
  • Yagyopavit (sacred thread)
Follow The Video To Prepare For The Durga Puja.

Before doing Durga Puja, we do the puja preparation or commonly called as panch peeth puja.
Lets follow the video through this step. Only after performing this step we proceed towards the main Durga Puja.

Let’s Perform The Main Durga Puja

After performing the panch peeth puja, we start the main puja.
Follow along the instructions and mantras to perform the main Durga Puja.

We Will Conclude Durga Puja With The Aarti.

Puja is considered incomplete without the aarti.
Let us now do the Durga Puja to successfully conclude the puja.

Puja is considered complete after we offer dakshina

Mantras, Regional Information, Food Restrictions For Durga Puja.

Durga puja, also referred to as Durgotsava, is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It refers to all the ten days observed as Navratri.

Maha Saptami
Maha Ashtami
Maha Navami and
Vijaya Dashami

The dates of Durga Puja celebrations are set according to the traditional Hindu calendar and the fortnight corresponding to the festival is called Devi Paksha. Devi Paksha is preceded by Mahalaya, the last day of the previous fortnight Pitri Pokkho, and is ended on Kojagori Lokkhi Puja.

Durga Puja is widely celebrated in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Orissa and Tripura where it is a five-day annual holiday. In West Bengal and Tripura which has majority of Bengali Hindus it is the biggest festival of the year. Not only is it the biggest Hindu festival celebrated throughout the State, but it is also the most significant socio-cultural event in Bengali society. Apart from eastern India, Durga Puja is also celebrated in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Kashmir, Karnataka and Kerala. Durga Puja is also celebrated as a major festival in Nepal and in Bangladesh where 10% population is Hindu. Nowadays, many Diaspora Bengali cultural organizations arrange for Durgotsab in countries such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Singapore and Kuwait, among others. In 2006, a grand Durga Puja ceremony was held in the Great Court of the British Museum.

The prominence of Durga Puja increased gradually during the British Raj in Bengal. After the Hindu reformists identified Durga with India, she became an icon for the Indian independence movement. In the first quarter of the 20th century, the tradition of Baroyari or Community Puja was popularised due to this. After independence, Durga Puja became one of the largest celebrated festivals in the whole world. Durga Puja also includes the worship of Shiva, who is Durga’s husband, and worship of a banana tree/kala ganch is also done. Banana tree is considered to be the wife of lord Ganesha and is called “kala bou”. In addition to Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartikeya, who are considered to be Durga’s children. Modern traditions have come to include the display of decorated pandals and artistically depicted idols of Durga, exchange of Bijoya greetings and publication of Puja Annuals.

Food instructions:

Devotees keep day long fast on Durga puja
Special sweets are prepared
Devotees break their fast by after the Puja
The time of breaking the fast may vary.