Maha Saptami, the second day of the five-day Durga Puja celebration, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, was celebrated on Sunday (today) with great enthusiasm and religious fervor in the country.
The devotees marked the day in a festive mood.
It is believed that on this day the legendary battle between Goddess Durga and the demon king Mahishasura began. This is a festival that celebrates the victory of the Goddess over the demon.
The five-day annual celebration started with unveiling of the face of the deity and Kalparambho on Maha Shasthi on Saturday and it will end on October 5 with the immersion of the idols on the day of Bijaya Dashami. Goddess Durga will return to heaven (Kailash) riding on boat which signifies the world will get blessings.
The Maha Ashtami will be celebrated on Monday (tomorrow) and all devotees would offer Anjali (worship) at temples across the country.
According to the schedule of Durga Puja of Ramkrishna Mission, Maha Ashtami puja will be held on Monday (tomorrow) at 9:30am and Kumari Puja at 11:00am, Sandhi Puja at 4:44pm and it will be done before 5:32pm.
Maha Nabami Puja will be held on October 4 at 6:30am and offering of Anjali at 10:30am.
On the final day of Bijaya Dashami, puja will begin at 6:30am, Anjali or Pushpanjali at 8:00am and Puja completion and Darpan Bisharjan will be held by 8:50am.
Durga Puja is being celebrated at 32,168 Puja mandaps across the country this year including 241 in the capital, according to Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad.