Without a doubt one of the most anticipated festivals of the year, Durga Puja is a tribute to female power or Shakti, the source of all creation and energy on earth. But it is more than just a religious affair. It’s also the time to have fun. People come together to share their joys during Durga Puja. Maha Navami is one of the most auspicious days of the 10-day festival. Considering that Durga Puja ends the day after Navami, this is all the more reason to watch it with enthusiasm and joy.
This year Maha Navami is October 14th.
Maha Navami follows the sandhi puja at the end of Maha Ashtami. It begins with a Mahasnan and a Shodashopachara, a 16-step puja, according to the scriptures. The devotees observe the fast until the end of the pujas. The goddess is offered pink flowers because pink is the color of Maha Navami.
Maha Navami begins on October 13 at 8:07 p.m. The Maha Navami tithi for the puja ends on October 14 at 6:52 p.m.
Maha Navami is the ninth day of Durga Puja. On this day, the goddess Durga is worshiped under the name of Mahishasuramardini, which means “the demon buffalo annihilator”. It is also the day that Maa Siddhidhatri is worshiped. This form of Durga, among the nine forms of the goddess, is considered the supreme form of Maha Shakti. According to Hindu mythology, it was on Maha Navami that the goddess killed the demon king Mahishasura. It is also the day of the auspicious Navami Homa, which is performed at the end of Maha Navami.