Mahalaya – 8 October 2018 (Monday)
Mahalaya is believed to be the day Goddess Durga descends on earth every day. The eyes on the idols of the Goddess is drawn on this day in a ritual called Chokkhu Daan.
Maha Panchami – 14 October 2018 (Sunday)
Panchami or the 5th day marks the beginning of the celebration of the festival.
Maha Sashti – 15 October 2018 (Monday)
On Sasthi, Goddess Durga is welcomed in a ritual known as ‘Pran Prathistha’. In the evening, the face of the idol is unveiled and the custom is called ‘Bodhon’.
Maha Saptami – 16 October 2018 (Tuesday)
The bathing ceremony of Navapatrika — nine plants (banana, pomegranate, turmeric, Jayanti, Ashoka, bel, arum plant, colocasia and paddy) — takes place on this day before the puja starts.
Maha Ashtami – 17 October 2018 (Wednesday)
Ashtami or Durga Ashtami is one of the most important days. Devotees fast on Ashtami. Sandhi puja, which is considered very auspicious, is performed on this day during the time when Asthami tithi ends and Navami begins.
Maha Navami – 18 October 2018 (Thursday)
On Navami, Goddess Durga is worshipped as Mahisasurmardini – the annihilator of the buffalo demon. The puja begins with Mahasanan and Shodashopachar on the final day of the festival.
Bijaya Dashami – 19 October 2018 (Friday)
Dashami is observed as the day when the Goddess supposedly returns to her abode. Women offer the Goddess sweets and apply vermilion on her feet and then on each other.