Durga Puja 2016 Dates


Saptami Puja October 8, Saturday 2016

Navpatrika Puja
Kolabou Puja
Panchang for Navpatrika Puja Day

Dawn on Navpatrika Day = 06:07 AM
Observational Sunrise on Navpatrika Day = 06:29 AM

Saptami Durga Puja 2016 Navpatrika Puja, Nabapatrika Puja

শ্রীশ্রীদুর্গা সপ্তমী
SAPTAMI – October 08, 2016 Sunday (দুর্গা পূজা মহাসপ্তমী ১৪ আশ্বিন ১৪২৩): “Nabo Patrika” “Saptami Puja”Within 8.28am | Predawn bathing of “Kola Bow”
Midnight Puja of Devi durga from 11.02pm to 11:50pm

Next Day Maha Ashtami

Ashtami Tithi Begins = 09:24 PM on 8th Oct 2016
Ashtami Tithi Ends = 10:30 PM on 9th Oct 2016


২১ শে আশ্বিন,
(ভাঃ ১৬শে আশ্বিন) ,
৮ই অক্টোবর ২০১৬,শনিবার।

সূর্য উদয় থেকে সকাল ৭৷২- এর মধ্যে বা সকাল ৮৷৩০ থেকে সকাল ৯।২৭- এর মধ্যে শ্রীশ্রীদুর্গাদেবীর নবপত্রিকা(কলাবউ) স্নান, প্রবেশ, স্থাপন এবং মহাসপ্তমী পূজা।
পুষ্পাঞ্জলি, সন্ধ্যায় সন্ধ্যারতি।

রাত্রি ১১৷০০ থেকে রাত্রি ১১৷৪৮ মধ্যে কুলাচার অনুসারে শ্রীশ্রীশারদীয়া দুর্গাদেবীর অর্দ্ধরাত্র বিহিত পূজা।

Navpatrika Puja day is also known as Maha Saptami and it is the first day of Durga Puja. In Hinduism a living medium is necessary to invoke the indwelling or spirit of a deity. It is through this living medium devotees can interact with the Divinity and pay homage. On Bilva Nimantran day it was Bilva Tree or its branch in which Goddess Durga was invoked before giving Her Puja invitation for the next day.

On Maha Saptami day Goddess Durga is invoked in a group of nine plants known as Navpatrika. Navpatrika is formed by bundling nine different plants including the branch of Bilva tree of the previous day. After that Navpatrika is given a ceremonial bath in a water body preferably in a river, adorned with a red or orange colored cloth and installed on a wooden seat on the right side of image of Durga.

Maha Saptami Puja begins with Mahasnan. For Maha Snan a mirror is placed on a platter in such a way that the reflection of the Goddess Durga is seen in the mirror. It is the refection of Goddess Durga in the mirror which is given the ritualistic bath using various materials. After bath ceremony the ritual of Prana Pratishtha (प्राण प्रतिष्ठा) takes place in which image of the Goddess Durga is consecrated and divinized. Prana Pratishtha is followed by Shodashopachar Puja (षोडशोपचार पूजा) which is an elaborate worship with sixteen different Puja items.

The seventh day of Durga Puja is concluded with Devi Bhog and Aarti. In West Bengal Navpatrika Puja is also known as Kolabou Puja and also spelled as Nabapatrika Puja.

Significance of Maha Saptami Durga Puja

Aaj Maha Saptami Durga Puja

Significance of Maha Saptami Durga Puja

Kola Bou or Nabapatrika is given a pre-dawn bath. This is an ancient ritual of worshiping nine types of plants. Nine plants collectively signify Navadurga Goddesses, nine aspects of Goddess Durga. Nabapatrika being an important part of Durga Puja, is worshipped during Bodhon. The nine plants of Nabapatrika represent the nine Goddesses.The Banana plant or the “Kola Gaach” represents Goddess Brahmani, Colacassia plant represents Goddess Kalika, Turmeric plant symbolizes Devi Durga, Jayanti denotes Kartiki, Bel or wood apple Goddess Shiva, Pomegranate (Dalim Gaach) Raktadantika, Ashoka tree symbolizes Sokrahita and Arum plant (“Maankochu”) represents Chamunda and the Rice plant Goddess Lakshmi. These Goddesses are the nine forms of Devi Durga.

Bathing Ritual

In the early hours of Saptami, the twigs of white “aparajita” plant along with nine bunches of yellow threads are used to tie the Nabapatrika. It is then bathed. In our scriptures the elaborate bathing ritual of nabapatrika is compared with the coronation of a King. Just like the King is bathed with waters from holy places and oceans, bathing nabapatrika too requires the same. All the nine Goddesses representing nabapatrika are bathed with waters from 8 different holy places. This bathing ritual is accompanied with varied mantras and diverse musical instruments for different goddesses.

Popularly known as Lord Ganesh’s wife, Kolabou in reality has no relationship with Ganesh. Our scriptures call her Nabapatrika. Interestingly enough, Nabapatrika was actually a popular ritual performed by the peasant folks for prosperous harvest. As idol worship was not common then, people worshipped Mother nature.

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