Durga Puja 2023 21 October, 2023 26 days to go
Saptami Tithi Timings*:

Saptami Tithi Start:
11:25 PM on Oct 20

Saptami Tithi End:
09:53 PM on Oct 21

Other important timings* on 21 October, 2023
Sunrise 05:52 PM
Sunset 05:52 PM
Moonrise 12:36 PM
Moonset 11:19 PM
*Timing in IST for Ujjain, India Change Location

Durga Puja 2022 was on 02th October.

Durga Puja - Festival Dedicated to Goddess Durga

Durga Puja is a a part of the Navaratri festival held in many places of India. It is most religiously celebrated in North India, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Out of the the nine days of Navarthri festival, from the sixth day to the ninth day- the celebrations are all dedicated to Durga Devi.

Durga Puja 2023 starts on October 20, Friday and will end with Vijaya Dasami celebration on October 24, Tuesday.

Durgashtami will be celebrated on October 22, Sunday and Maha Navami on October 23, Monday.

26 days to go for the event

Durga Puja Image Source: IANS

When is Durga Puja celebrated?

It is celebrated during the months of September - October across India. The festival is one of the biggest festivals in West Bengal, Nepal, Bihar, Assam, Tripura and Bangladesh. 

In Nepal, it is known as Dashain. 

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The festival is celebrated during the entire Navratri festival and it will last for 10 whole days.

The main highlights of the Durga Puja festival is the artistic display of the Goddess Durga idols in her various forms, and then the dances and worship rituals that follow in.

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Durga Puja Calendar 2023

Day 1 Shashthi October 20, Friday
Day 2 Maha Saptami October 21, Saturday
Day 3 Maha Ashtami October 22, Sunday
Day 4 Maha Navami October 23, Monday
Day 5 Vijay Dashami October 24, Tuesday

Spiritual Significance of Durga Puja

Mythology reveals the history behind the birth of the grand festival.

Goddess Durga is a symbol of female strength. It is believed that she was created by the Gods to bring an end to the evil power named Mahishasura. The speciality of Mahishasura is that he has received the blessing of immortality.

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Mythology reveals that Mahishasura was an arrogant and powerful king with the heald of a buffalo. After years of prayers, the king pleased Lord Brahma. Finally, he asked a wish- which was that he should never be killed by any man or animal from Earth. Brahma also told him that a woman would have the power to kill him.

So, Goddess Durga was blessed with the collective energy, beauty, and brain power of God to defeat this evil power. She is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati.

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She took 10 days to fight him, as he kept changing his forms to mislead her. Finally, when he transformed himself into the form of a buffalo, she could put him to death.

Different Forms of Avatars of Durga Maa





Skanda Mata



Maha Gauri


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Rituals of Durga Puja

In different parts of India, the festival is celebrated in different ways.


People perform Durga Aarti, and offer prasad to please Goddess Durga. For nine days, the Goddess idol is adorned with flower garlands and this will be removed together after the nine days.

West Bengal

From the sixth day of Navratri, the festival of Durga Puja is celebrated with a lot of pomp. People perform a lot fo prayers, and dance around the idol of the Goddess to get her blessings. Young girls are selected to perform Kanya Puja on this day. Since Goddess Durga is powerful to wipe out sorrows, bad spells, and miseries in life, people pray so that they invoke her blessings.

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In Punjab, they observe a strict fasting ritual for seven days. the fast is broken only on eighth or ninth day. Only light food is taken and at the end of the festival - they feed beggars and even young girls are worshipped as Durga Maa.


In Gujarat, a lot of importance is given to worship, especially in the dance form. For this, public halls and large community functions are organised for ten whole days. During this people dance to religious tunes and rhythymic beats of the traditonal drums. The Dance Forms are called as Garba and Dandiya Raas. Often people confused between the two, but both these dances are unique and different in their own way.

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In South India, Kerala devotees beleive that afetr the nine day fight with evil power, the tenth day is the begining of all good things. So, it is dedicated to education. The day is named as Vidyarambham and young children are made to sit with an elder person and write Om on a plate of rice.

Apart from this, Ayudha Puja is performed to bless all the tools in the house and even in concerned organzations. 

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Important Timings On Durga Puja 2023

SunriseOctober 21, 5:52 PM
SunsetOctober 21, 5:52 PM
Saptami Tithi Timing October 20, 11:25 PM - October 21, 09:53 PM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] See More

Durga Puja festival dates between 2020 & 2030

2021Tuesday, 12th of October
2022Sunday, 2nd of October
2023Saturday, 21st of October
2024Wednesday, 9th of October
2025Sunday, 28th of September
2026Saturday, 17th of October
2027Wednesday, 6th of October
2028Sunday, 24th of September
2029Saturday, 13th of October
2030Thursday, 3rd of October