Durga Puja 2016 Dates


Navami Date 2016 Monday, 10 October

Maha Navami Date and Time 2016

Navami Homa on October 10, 2016 (Monday)
Navami Homa Time = 06:30 to 18:12
Duration = 11 Hours 41 Mins
Navami Tithi Begins = 22:30 on 9th October 2016
Navami Tithi Ends = 22:53 on 10th October 2016

Navami Date 22 October 2015

Maha Nabami Date and Time 2015

Homa on Wednesday October 21, 2015
Navami Homa Time = 1:29 pm to 6:04 pm
Duration = 4 Hours 35 Mins
Navami Homa on Thursday October 22, 2015
Navami Homa Time = 06:33 am to 11:58 am
Duration = 5 Hours 24 Mins

Tithi Begins = 1:29 pm on 21st Oct 2015
Tithi Ends = 11:58 on 22nd Oct 2015

Durga Balidan, Navami Homa

Significance of Maha Nabami

In Bengal the day of Durga Puja Mahanavami or Maha-Navami Puja is not always same as that of other Indian states. When it happens, it is one day after of Mahanavami in other states.

In most of the states in India except Bengal, Mahanavami is observed as per Purva-Viddha rule. According to Purva-Viddha rule if on previous day Navomi Tithi prevails for 3 Muhurata before sunset then Mahanavami Puja and fasting is observed on the previous day. Whenever it happens, Ashtami and Navami Puja including fasting are done on the same day. However this rule applies to Nabami-Puja and to Nabami fasting and doesn’t apply to Nabami Balidan. This rule is clearly mentioned in various religious texts including Dharmasindhu and Nirnayasindhu.

However, in Bengal MahaNabami is observed as per Para-Viddha rule. According to Para-Viddha rule Mahanavami should be observed when it prevails at least for one Muhurata after Sunrise.

In West Bengal, Mahanavami is fourth and final day of Durga Puja.

Durga Pooja on MahaNavaami begins with Mahasnan and Shodashopachar Pooja.

On Maha Nabami Goddess Durga is worshiped as Mahisasuramardini which means the Annihilator of the Buffalo Demon. It is believed that on Maha-Nabami day Durga killed the demon Mahishasura

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