Today is Maha Saptami, the most auspicious day in Durga Puja when it is believed that the battle between Goddess Durga and Demon king Mahishasur began. As Durga Puja festivities kicked off, pandals in the city were seen decked up for the celebrations.
Devotees were seen thronging the pandals across the city to offer their prayers to the powerful Goddess and celebrate Maha Saptami.
On the second day of Durga Puja, people are gearing up for pandal hopping this year. Last year, the puja spirit was dampened by the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.
On the day of Maha Saptami, people perform Navpatrika Puja and Kalabou Puja and on this day, devotees invoke Goddess Durga in a group of nine planets, hence the name, Navpatrika.
The celebration of Maha Saptami begins with the Maha Snan. This ritual includes a mirror that is placed in a specific manner so as to show the reflection of Goddess Durga. This mirror, with the reflection of the Goddess, is then given a bath. Later, the image of Goddess Durga is consecrated and divinised.
After all the rituals, the day will end with a grand Devi bhog and aarti.
May this festive season bring happiness in your life and fill your hearts with love!