Differences Between Navratri and Durga Puja

Both the festivals worships different forms of Goddess Durga but the celebration style is distinct

India has already entered the grand festive season which is starting with Navratri and Durga Puja.
 
Some people get confused because they think that both of them are the same festival as both the festivals appear in and around same time and appears to be same but there’s a slight difference between the two when it comes to religious rituals and celebration style.
 
The northern and western part of India celebrates Navratri, while Durga Puja is the biggest festival in Bengal and other eastern parts of Indian states. Both the festivals worships different forms of Goddess Durga but the celebration style is distinct.
 
There are many differences like Navratri celebration revolves around worshipping the nine forms of Goddess Durga on the nine days of Navratri. This celebration ends with the celebration of Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana on Dussehra. While Durga Puja celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura.
 
The Navratri begins with worshipping Shailputri the first avatar of Goddess Durga but Durga Puja begins with Mahalaya, when the battle between Durga and Mahishasura began.
 
Navratri celebration concludes with the burning of Raavan effigies on Dussehra and the Durga Puja ends with Sindoor Khela, a ritual where married women play with vermillion with each other before immersion of idols.
 
 Devotees during Navratri do not consume any form of meat, eggs, onion or even garlic for the nine days but for Bengalis they food that includes non-vegetarian delicacies.
 
But apart from all these differences,
Navratri and Durga Puja these festivals bring people closer and happiness.

Abirbhab Haldar

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