This post primarily meant to provide the Durga Puja 2013 dates. The Durga Puja traditionally begins on the Mahalaya in Ashwin month, a day when Chandi Stotram is recited as an invitation for Goddess Durga to descend to earth. In 2013, Mahalaya is on October 4 (in Bengali Calendars). Durga Puja festivities and rituals begin on the Maha Saptami day.
October 10, 2012 – Maha Shashti
October 11, 2012 – Maha Saptami
October 12, 2012 – Maha Ashtami or Mahashtami
October 12, 2012 – Mahanabami or Mahanavami
October 13, 2012 – Vijaya Dasami or Vijayadashami
On the Shashti day, Kalash is prepared and it is kept in the house and with it begins rituals and celebrations.
Mahalaya is also the day when Shradh is offered to the departed souls.