Durga Puja 2019, Know Mahalaya, Durga Puja, Vijaya Dashami dates in 2019
Durga Puja 2019: Durga Puja is predominantly a Hindu festival, celebrated mainly in the states of West Bengal, Assam, Tripura and Bihar. A Bengali festival, Durga Puja 2019 celebrates the triumph of Goddess Durga over the Asura.
This year, the festival will be celebrated from September 29 to October 8.
28 September, Saturday: Mahalaya
3 October, Thursday: Maha Panchami
4 October, Friday: Maha Shasthi
5 October, Saturday: Maha Saptami
6 October, Sunday: Maha Ashtami
7 October, Monday: Maha Navami
8 October, Tuesday: Vijaya Dashami
Mahalaya marks the beginning of the annual Durga Puja festival for Bengalis. On this day, it is believed that Goddess Durga descends on Earth, her “paternal home,” every year.
Mahalaya occurs in an Amavasya, the last day of the dark fortnight (Krishna paksha) in the month of Ashvin, according to the Hindu lunar calendar. Devipaksha begins the next day announcing the ten-day Durga Puja festival.
Although Durga Puja rituals begin with Mahalaya, the main festival begins in Mahashasthi, the sixth day of Debipaksha.
Held for five days at the end of September or the beginning of October, Durga Puja marks the triumph of good over evil symbolized by the murder of the Mahisasura demon by the Goddess.
According to Hindu mythology, Mahisasura had obtained a blessing of invincibility from Lord Brahma, which meant that no man or God could kill him. Taking advantage of the blessing, he began harassing everyone and persecuted the Gods of heaven. From then on, Goddess Durga was created by all the gods to defeat Mahisasura.
Duega killed the demon in Dashami and, therefore, the day is celebrated as Vijaya Dashami, which symbolizes the victory of good over evil.