Durga Puja 2017: Rituals, its significance, and all you need to know about Maa Durga

Mumbai: Durga Puja pandals are gearing up to celebrate the festival by making replicas of different structures. Juhu-based famous mandal North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti, which is celebrating 70 years, is one of the oldest and biggest Durga Puja mandals, founded by Padmashri Sasadhar Mukerji and Shrimati. Durga Puja is celebrated from Shasti to Bijoya Dashimi.

Sharbani Mukherji says, “Our Durga puja was started by my grandparents Padmashri S. Mukerji and Smt. Satirani Mukerji .This year is our 70th year. We have been following the traditions set by our elders from generation to generation. Our puja is well known as a “GHARUA PUJA” which means all are welcome to become a part of our puja family. We believe in serving Bhog to all who come to seek blessings of Maa Durga. Our members are actively involved in serving the Bhog. These few days are days of bonding and celebrations amongst all of us, along with getting an opportunity to wear traditional attire. It is a Sarbojanin puja so all are welcome to be a part of this family.”

Bappa Lahiri says “Durga Puja is one of the most important festivals of Bengal. It’s a tradition we are following since years, and being the third generation in my family, I am continuing the legacy. It’s an occasion where the family comes together and celebrate festival. We have an AC pandal which is one of the largest pandal in Mumbai. We welcome each and everyone with open arms to seek the blessings of Maa”.

Complete details of Durga maa idol
The idol of Maa Durga is 17ft long, and is sculpted by Shri. Amit Pal and his team from Kolkata. The materials for making the murti have specially been brought from Kolkata- straw (khor), wood, bamboo, nails, shulki(rope made from jute), Ganga maati (clay from the banks of river Ganges), bele maati(sands from the river Ganges), cloth, particles of chalk for the white colour mixed with other colours, sarees, jewellery, false hair and varnish is used.

This is only time of the year, when the Bengalis in Mumbai switch on to their traditional mode. The festival of Durga Puja is coloured with devotional zeal, mythological legends, detailed rituals, extravagant pandals and magnificent tableaus of the divine Mother Goddess coming with her children Ganesh, Kartik, Lakshmi and Saraswati from Kailash to Dharti (her parents’ home).

Significance
The significance of this festival is in remembrance of the death of Mahishasura, who killed by Durga Maa. Initially, Mahisasura, who was a king of severe tapas and prayer wanted to call Lord Brahma and take a boon from him. He wanted to become a most powerful person in the world that no one can killed him. And he blessed with this boon by Lord Brahma. All the Devas was fear that he will war against with his army. He then thought the woman is very weak and can’t kill him. Than the Trinity gods – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva gave a rise to Goddess Durga to kill Mahishasura. Thus the boon of Brahma is fulfilled that he will be killed in hands of a woman.

Mostly, Navaratri is celebrated for 9 days, but the Durga Puja festival which is celebrated in Bengali tradition is marked with five-day events, starting from Maha Shasthi

Here are detailed dates of Durga Puja 2017

Durga Puja

DateDayEvents
19-Sep-17TuesdayMahalaya 2017
25-Sep-17MondayMaha Panchami 2017
26 September 2017TuesdayMaha Shasthi 2017
27 September 2017WednesdayMaha Saptami 2017
28 September 2017ThursdayMaha Ashtami 2017
29 September  2017FridayMaha Navami 2017
30 September 2017SaturdayVijaya Dashami 2017

Durga Puja Timing
According to durgautsav.com. The Kutup Muhurat will be between 12:30 PM to 1:19 PM, Rohina Muhurat from 1:19 PM to 2:07 PM and Aaparahna Kal is between 2:07 PM to 4:33 PM. On the occasion of Mahalaya, people pay homage to their ancestors and also offer clothes, food and sweets to Brahmins.

Highlights of this year Durga Puja are
1. This year the Decor of Durga Puja will completely revolutionize the decor system of Durga Puja- Also there is an LED in the backdrop. These provisions are usually not there in other Durga Pujas in Mumbai

2. 70 years of completion of North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti

3. Matas Wahan – is in a boat this year coming and going (Sthapna and Visarjan in boat) Murti 17 Ft Tall

4. One of the oldest and Biggest Durga Puja in Mumbai

5. A separate pandal with Full AC for Bhog ..So that the Bhakts can have bhog peacefully

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