Durga Puja celebrated in honour of Goddess Durga is one of the biggest Hindu festivals in India. The five-day long auspicious festival begins from the sixth day of Sharad Navaratri and continues till Vijayadashami. The 10-day long Navratri 2017 festival began on September 21 with Ghatasthapana Puja done in most states except West Bengal and other eastern states. They will be celebrating Durga Puja also called Durgotsav whose festivities will commence from September 26 on Shashthi and last with Sindoor Utsav and Durga Visarjan on Vijayadashami on September 30. Navratri celebrations vary from region to region making it important to keep the important dates, muhurat timings and puja vidhi (rituals) of auspicious Durga Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadashami handy with complete Durga Puja 2017 Calendar. Navratri Colours 2017 With Dates: List of 9 Different Coloured Dresses to Wear During Navaratri Festival to Please Goddess Durga.Also Read - 1,300-Year-Old Sculpture of Goddess Durga Recovered From Jammu & Kashmir's Khag

Navratri means ‘nine nights’ is celebrated to worship Maa Shakti. At the end of the sacred nine days, two important festivals take place on the tenth day of Sharad Navaratri – Dussehra and Vijayadashami. Both of them depict the theme “victory of good over evil”. In the northern, southern and western states, Dussehra is celebrated as Lord Rama’s victory over the Demon King, Ravana. Meanwhile, in the eastern states, Vijayadashami is celebrated remembering Goddess Durga’s victory over King of Demons, Mahishasur. Durga Puja is commemorated to remember Maa Shakti in her full glory and power and is especially celebrated with full ardour and fun in the state of West Bengal. Navratri 2017 Dates: Puja Muhurat Timings of 9-Day Long Sharad Navaratri Festival to Worship Goddess Durga. Also Read - West Bengal: Mamata Govt Decides To Lift Night Curfew From These Districts For Two Days

Durga Puja is not just a festival for people in West Bengal and Bengalis in general. It is more than rituals and traditions, as the City of Joy indeed erupts in joy welcoming and worshipping Goddess Durga during the festival. In West Bengal, Mahalaya Amavasya marks the beginning of Navratri festivity. According to the Hindu legends, it is believed that Maa Durga descended on the Earth on this day. Mahalaya 2017 date fell on September 19 (Tuesday). Like Ghatasthapana Puja is done in other parts of the country to invoke the Hindu deity, Bengalis perform Mahalaya Puja to begin the festival. Navratri Celebrations in India: Durga Puja, Golu, Garbo & Different Ways of Celebrating Nav Durga Festival. Also Read - West Bengal Extends Covid Curbs Till Nov 30, Allows Theatres, Malls to Open At 70% Capacity | Full List Of Guidelines Here

The main celebrations of Durga Puja festival occur on five consecutive days – Shasthi Saptami, Ashtami, Navami, and Dashami. Shasthi falling on September 26, 2017, is considered as the first day of Durga Puja festival, according to the calendar. On this day, Goddess Durga descended to earth with her four children Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartikeya and Ganesh. On Saptami, devotees will invoke Goddess Durga into the idols in a ritual called Pran Pratisthan. Durga Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadashami are the most significant dates of the Durga Puja festival. Here’s a complete Durga Puja 2017 calendar with the dates and puja information, according to Drik Panchang.

Navratri DayDatePuja
Durga Puja Day 1ShashthiSeptember 26Bilva Nimantran Kalparambha, Akal Bodhon Amantran and Adhivas
Durga Puja Day 2SaptamiSeptember 27Navpatrika Puja, Kolabou Puja
Durga Puja Day 3AshtamiSeptember 28Durga Ashtami, Kumari Puja, Sandhi Puja
Durga Puja Day 4NavamiSeptember 29Maha Navami, Durga Balidan, Navami Homa
Durga Puja Day 5DashamiSeptember 30Durga Visarjan, Vijayadashami, Sindoor Utsav

Durga Puja on Maha Ashtami will begin with Mahasnan and Shodashopachar Puja on September 28. There is another ritual called Kumari Puja taking place on Durga Ashtami with the goddess worshipped in the form of a young unmarried virgin girl, adorned as Goddess Durga. On Maha Navami, it is believed that Goddess Durga killed the buffalo demon Mahishasura (thus earning the name, Mahishasur Mardini). Maha Navami will take place on September 30. On Vijayadashami, Sindoor Utsav will take place with married women applying red vermillion to the idol and also to each other. At last, immersion of Durga idols takes place with sad devotees bidding goodbye to Devi and wishing for her quick return next year.