Maha Sasthi is perhaps the most important day during Durga Puja. It is the day on which the preparations for Durga Puja are completed.
Sasthi is the sixth day of Devi Pakhsha and it marks the formal beginning of Durga Puja in West Bengal and other Eastern states of India.
In other parts of the country, the day is celebrated as the sixth day of the nine day Navratri festival dedicated to goddess Durga.
Durga Puja Rituals on Maha Sasthi Day :
Maha Sasthi Day day starts early with Kalparamba ritual being done in the early hours of the morning. It deals with the Sankalpa to conduct the puja properly and by abiding all the rituals and customs of Durga Puja.
The ritual consists of installing the ghata which is a water-filled copper pot, at a corner of Durga mandap / pandal and offering worship to Durga and Chandi.
The main ritual carried on Maha Sasthi day is the unveiling of the face of the idol of Goddess Durga. This ceremony is known as Bodhon or Sasthi Bodhon. This is performed at the dusk.
The next important ritual performed after Bodhon is Adhivas which sanctifying the stay of the Goddess in the puja area of the pandals by invocating the goddess Durga in the bel tree.
After this the Amantran ritual is done which is not but inviting goddess Durga to accept the Puja the next day.
After all these rituals, the goddess Durga is worshipped and arati is done. These marks the end of proceedings on Mahasasthi.
Maha Sasthi 2018 Date :
In 2018, Maha Sasthi will be celebrated on Monday, 15th October 2018.
Wishing Bengali’s and all other who follow Durga Puja, Subho Sasthi !!!