Bidding adieu to Goddess Durga is always a bittersweet event! The occasion symbolizes the end or the conclusion of the auspicious festival of Navratri. Are you interested to know everything about Durga Visarjan 2022, especially how to bid goodbye to Goddess Durga in the best way? Well, continue reading here right away!
Devotees celebrate Durga Puja with utmost devotion and spiritual zeal. The auspicious occasion of Durga Visarjan marks the conclusion of the much-awaited Durga Puja. Durga Visarjan is a festive religious occasion that marks the end of the celebration of the nine-day-long Navratri festival. On the day of Durga Visarjan, the Goddess's idol is submerged in the water. Durga Visarjan is also the day to celebrate Vijayadashami or Dussehra.
The occasion of Durga Visarjan is observed in the Indian calendar month of Ashwin. This corresponds to September or October, as per the Gregorian calendar. Durga Visarjan is conducted at an opportune and appropriate time, either during the Aparahna time or Pratahkala, while the Dashami Tithi is still going on. Usually, the Visarjan Muhurat falls during the morning; however, if the Dashami Tithi and Shravana Nakshatra prevail during the Aparahna Kaal together, the Aparahna timing should be given preference over the morning auspicious time.
Given below are the Durga Visarjan date and time.
According to our Puranas, Durga Puja has incredible importance. Durga Visarjan marks the end of the Navratri festival. The Navratri festival involves invoking Goddess Durga and her various incarnations and worshiping her in different forms throughout the nine days. Goddess Durga and her different forms are worshiped with a ritual of strict fasting and devoted praying to seek her goodwill and blessings, after which the same idol is immersed in water.
The day of Durga Visarjan is one of the most important days of Durga Puja. On this day, the idol of Goddess Durga is submerged in the water. This observance of immersing Goddess Durga's idol in the river coincides with the celebration of Dussehra. Taking the time to worship the divine Goddess on this day can alleviate your life's problems and difficulties. The festival evokes immense fervor in devotees, a trademark of this occasion. This festivity in the air and the stunning conclusion of the festival gratify the devotees' souls. Generally, the Goddess's idol is immersed in the morning. However, idol immersion can also be performed in the evening, depending on the auspicious timing.
Visarjan has specific importance in Sanatan Dharma. In Sanatan Dharma, Visarjan does not stand for an end but a completion. The tradition of Visarjan is only followed in Sanatan Dharma. This is because Sanatan Dharma believes that form is only the beginning, and perfection is formless. Here the meaning of formless is an all-encompassing form. Water is one of the five elements, regarded as the most sacred and pure, which is why the idols are immersed in water. Hindus believe that the idols' immersion in water is a symbolic gesture that assures the safe transit of the divine Gods to heaven.
The festival of Durga Puja pays homage to Goddess Durga and celebrates the victory of good over evil, as Goddess Durga killed the demon Mahishasura. It is commonly believed that Goddess Durga visits her earthly abode to bless her devotees during Durga Puja. Devotees believe that the Goddess's arrival on Earth would remove all the evils and troubles and empower everyone to do the right thing. According to mythology, Goddess Durga returns to Mount Kailash, her spiritual abode, on the day of Durga Visarjan, i.e., when her idol is submerged in the water on the tenth day. This is why this day has massive significance for the devotees.
Given below are the Durga Visarjan Vidhi that people should follow.
Even though the grandeur and enthusiasm for Durga Puja and Durga Visarjan can be observed throughout the country, there are several states, such as West Bengal, Assam, Odisha, and some parts of Maharashtra, Jharkhand, and Bihar, where people wait for this occasion eagerly.
Below are some more Durga Visarjan rituals and highlights you should know about.
Finally, the idols are immersed in water, and the devotees bid a tearful farewell to their revered Goddess, hoping to welcome and worship her the next year.
Significance of Sindoor Khela
When it comes to Durga Visarjan, everyone celebrates it in accordance with their respective traditions. This festival's glitz and glamor can be most seen in the state of West Bengal. In West Bengal, worshiping Goddess Durga and Durga Visarjan is a major custom.
Devotees believe that Goddess Durga visits her maternal home once a year and stays for ten days, celebrated as Durga Puja. On the last day, known as Vijayadashami, which coincides with Durga Visarjan, 'Sindoor Khela' is one of the unique traditions celebrated in West Bengal. The 'Sindoor Khela' tradition originated mainly in West Bengal and parts of Bangladesh. The ritual of playing with Sindoor (vermilion) is carried out on Durga Visarjan.
On this occasion, it is customary for married women to apply vermilion on Goddess Durga and each other. Married women devotees pray for the long life of their spouses and the happiness of their families. They pray to get the blessings of Goddess Durga in their lives so that prosperity prevails in their household. Women also wish for good luck while applying Sindoor to one another. This is when traditionally, married women in the Bengali community wear white sarees with red borders. Nowadays, this ritual has become quite inclusive, and many unmarried women and men also participate in it. The tradition of 'Sindoor Khela' holds enormous significance in Bengali culture and society.
Goddess Durga is offered sweets as a parting gesture, and sweets are distributed as Prasad on this day. This tradition is known as 'Thakur Boron' or 'Maa er Boron' amongst Bengalis. This traditionally means prepping the Goddess for her journey back to Mount Kailash. According to this ritual, on Durga Visarjan, women worship Goddess Durga along with Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswati, Lord Kartikeya, and Lord Ganesha. They are offered delectable sweets, and vermilion is applied to them, after which the women bid an emotional farewell to the divine deities.
For devotees, the event of Durga Visarjan is a significant occasion. It is celebrated throughout the country with zeal and gusto. This day is filled with mixed emotions for the devotees as they prepare to bid farewell to the Goddess and hope to welcome her next year. The event makes for a compelling and beautiful sight that encapsulates the emotions of the devotees.
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