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Five Days of Celebration

Maha Shashti:
This is the day when Goddess Durga comes down to the earth along with her four children Laxmi, Saraswati, Kartikeya and Ganesha riding on her lion. On this day her face is unveiled and before the main puja rituals like Bodhon, Amontron and Adibas are performed. The tunes of Dhaak (type of drums) with joyous mood spread the message of Maa Durga's arrival everywhere.

Maha Saptami:
The first day of the Maha Puja starts from this day. On this day before the first ray of sun, a banana tree is bathed in holy water and covered with a sari like a newly wed bride known as "Nabapatrika" or 'Kola Bou'. Then, it is taken to the podium just beside the Ganesha idol where the priests with fanfare worship her for good fortune. Nine plants are also worshipped which symbolize the nine forms of Devi Durga. Kalparambho and Mahasnan are antedated by the grand mahasaptami puja.

Maha Ashtami:
It is believed that on this day Maa Durga killed the buffalo demon Mahishasura. During the ancient times a buffalo was sacrificed to mark the end of evil. People offer anjali by reciting Sanskrit hymns to the deity. The main attraction of the day is "Kumari Puja" where a girl who is within nine years of age is adorned as goddess Durga. She is worshipped with a lot of fanfare and dedication. In the evening, 'Sandhi' puja takes place which is the amalgamation of Maha Ashtami and Maha Navami.

Maha Navami:
This marks the last day of the three days magnificence. Maha Navami starts just after Sandhi puja and concluded by the "Maha Aarati". Many puja committees arrange recreational activities followed by Navami Bhog.

Maha Dashami:
This is the final day of Durga puja where the Durga idol is taken for immersion in the holy river Ganga. This is known as 'Visharjan' where the deity is taken with grand processions on the streets saying "asche bochor abar hobe". The married women play vermillion with each other known as "Shindoor Khela". After the emersion, people visit the homes of their relatives and friends with sweets to show respect and gratitude. The even is known as "Bijoya Dashami".