Durga Puja 2014 Nirghanta – Dates and Time Schedule Calender

The worship actually starts from the day after ‘Mahalaya’ – those who celebrate ‘Navaratri’worship goddess Durga for 9 days and the celebration ends on ‘Dussera’. In Bengal the festival starts from ‘Shashthi’ – the sixth day in the lunar cycle after the ‘Mahalaya’.

Durga Puja is generally celebrated for 5 days in Bengal -‘Shashthi’, ‘Saptami’, ‘Ashtami’ , ‘Nabami’ and ‘Dashami’, the last day. All these days are knows as ‘Tithi’. The names of the ‘Tithis’ have come from Sanskrit – these are the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th day of the lunar cycle before the full moon in the month of ‘Aashwin’, the sixth month in Bengali Calendar. The exact time of worship depends on the position of the moon.

A special worship, known as ‘Sandhi Puja’, is offered to the goddess – the term ‘Sandhi’ means connection here. This special prayer is offered when the moon shifts from ‘Ashtami’ to ‘Nabami’ Tithi. The last 25 minutes of ‘Ashtami’ and first 25 minutes of ‘Nabami’ are marked as the ‘Sandhi Tithi’. During this ‘Sandhi Puja’ the devotees light up 108 candles and offer 108 lotuses to the goddess.

As a ‘Tithi’ is always calculated based on the movements of the moon, sometimes Durga Puja may take place in the month of ‘Karthik’, i.e., the 7th month in the Bengali Calendar.

This year the puja timings are as follows:

Based on Indian Standard Time  (ভারতীয় স্ট্যান্ডার্ড সময়ানুযায়ী)

PANCHAMI- September 29, 2014 Monday (দুর্গা পূজা মহাপঞ্চমী ১২ আশ্বিন ১৪২১): From Previous day 1.33pm – That day 12.55pm – Kolkata, WB, India

SHASHTI (শ্রীশ্রী দুর্গা ষষ্ঠী) - September 30, 2014 Tuesday (দুর্গা পূজা মহাষষ্ঠী ১৩ আশ্বিন ১৪২১): “Kalparambho” Within 8.28am | Durga Devi “BODHON” “Amantran” and “Adhibas” in the evening.
From Previous day 12.55pm – That day 11.49am  – Kolkata, WB, India

SAPTAMI (শ্রীশ্রীদুর্গা সপ্তমী) – October 01, 2014 Wednesday (দুর্গা পূজা মহাসপ্তমী ১৪ আশ্বিন ১৪২১): “Nabo Patrika” “Saptami Puja”Within 8.28am | Predawn bathing of “Kolaa Bow”. Midnight Puja of Devi durga from 11.02pm to 11:50pm.
From Previous day 11.49am – That day 10.19am  – Kolkata, WB, India

ASHTAMI (শ্রীশ্রীদুর্গা মহাষ্টমী) – October 02, 2014 Thursday (দুর্গা পূজা মহাষ্টমী ১৫ আশ্বিন ১৪২১): Ashtami Puja within 8.29am | Birastami Brata within 8:29am.
SANDHI PUJA: 8.05am-8.53am | SACRIFICE: 8.29pm
From Previous day 10.9am – That day 8.29am – Kolkata, WB, India

NABAMI (শ্রীশ্রীদুর্গা মহানবমী) – October 03 – 04, 2014 Friday (দুর্গা পূজা মহানবমী ১৬ আশ্বিন ১৪২১): Nabami Puja within 6.24am
From Previous day 8.29am – That day 6.24am – Kolkata, WB, India শ্রীশ্রীবিজয়া দশমী

DASHAMI- October 03 – 04, 2014 Friday (দুর্গা পূজা বিজয়াদশমী ১৬ আশ্বিন ১৪২১): Dashami puja and Bisharjan Ritual (Immersion) within 8.28am – Kolkata, WB, India

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