Maha Saptami is basically the first Puja day of the Durga Puja. It is celebrated on the seventh day of Devi Pakhsha.
At the time of dawn, just as the first light of sun descents on earth, Kolabau or Nabapatrika rituals are performed.
This is an ancient ritual of worshiping nine types of plants. These nine plants collectively signify Navadurga – the nine aspects of Goddess Durga.
Kola Bow or Nabapatrika is given a pre-dawn bath and then Pranpratisha or life, is breathed into this Kola Bow or Nabapatrika.
This Nabapatrika is dressed as the Goddess Durga herself in yellow silk cloth with a red border.
Prana Pratishtha is followed by Shodashopachara Puja which is an elaborate worship with sixteen different Puja items.
The ritual is performed on the Ghats of a river or pond. The ‘kolabau’ is brought back in a procession known as kolabau procession and it is placed near Lord Ganesha in the Durga Puja Pandal.
Maha Saptami day concluded with Devi Bhog and Mahasaptami Puja Aarti.
From the day of Saptami, Mahisasurmardini Durga starts her battle against the manifestation of all evils in the shape of Mahisasura to save the Srishti – the whole world.
In other parts of the country, the day is celebrated as the seventh day of the nine day Navratri festival dedicated to goddess Durga.
Maha Saptami 2018 Date :
In 2018, Maha Saptami will be celebrated on Tuesday, 16th October 2018.
Wishing Bengali’s and all other who follow Durga Puja, Subho Saptami !!!