Maha Saptami for the year 2024 is celebrated/observed on Sunday, October 2nd. There are until the next observance.
Every year, Maha Saptami is observed on the seventh day of the waxing moon, known as “Shukla Paksha,” in the Hindu calendar month of “Ashwin,” which occurs on October 2 this year. On Maha Saptami, the Maha Puja (Great Ceremony) begins. Durga Puja, a Hindu holiday, is celebrated with tremendous pomp to honor the 10-armed goddess and her victory over the terrible buffalo monster “Mahishasura.”
📆 When is Maha Saptami?
This year, Maha Saptami is on October 2nd. It is the 1st Sunday in October; in 2023, it is on Monday.
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📜 History of Maha Saptami
Another tale surrounds the commemoration of this day. Lord Rama is said to have prayed to Goddess Durga before his fight with Ravana, the demon king who kidnapped his wife Sita. This puja required 100 blue lotus blossoms, but Lord Rama could only find 99. To finish the puja, he extracted his own blue eye and presented it to the goddess in place of the missing lotus. Goddess Durga was pleased with his devotion and bestowed him with her blessings, assisting him in his victory against Ravana. This fight took place on the seventh day of the month of Ashwin.
Durga Puja is related to traditional rites such as the Navapatrika, in which nine plants are washed in the Ganges before the sun rises. Turmeric, bel, Ashoka, ‘jayanti,’ pomegranate, banana, paddy, colocasia, and arum are among the nine plants. The Mahasnan is the second ceremony, in which a mirror is presented as the embodiment of the Goddess Durga and given a ritual bath. The last rite is the Prana Prathishta, in which a pot filled with holy water and encircled by five mango leaves is put in front of the goddess’s image, followed by heavenly hymns being chanted. Finally, the goddess is worshiped using 16 unique artifacts.
☑️ Maha Saptami facts
✅ Celebrated in many states
Hindus mostly celebrate Durga Puja in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Odisha, and Sikkim.
The bathing ritual of nine plants, bathing of the mirror that reflects Goddess Durga, and worshipping the goddess with 16 specific things are the three primary rituals of Maha Saptami.
In the Nabapatrika ceremony, nine different leaves are used to worship the goddess in her nine different forms.
✨ Things to do on Maha Saptami
⚡ Visit a Durga Puja festival
Durga Puja is extensively celebrated in India and the Indian diaspora across the world. Attend a Durga Puja event to be immersed in the atmosphere of harmony and peace. Take in the culture and see a goddess’s festival.
⚡ Take time to reflect
Durga Puja represents the triumph of virtue over evil. Use today to contemplate and confront your inner demons. Allow positivity to enter your life by letting go of negative ideas and feelings.
⚡ Worship Goddess Durga
You can worship Goddess Durga at a nearby temple. If not, you can just pray at home for heavenly blessings and help in conquering problems while remembering Goddess Durga.
📅 Maha Saptami Observances
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