Durga Puja Navratri – Difference between Durga Puja and Navratri



The nine-day Navratri festival held in Ashwin month (September – October) coincides with the Durga Puja festival held during the same period. Therefore the festival is also known as Durga Puja Navratri. Durga Puja is mainly held in eastern parts of India and Goddess Durga worship is also performed in North India. In North, West and Southern parts of India, Navratri is held during the period. Navratri 2017 begins on September 21 and ends on September 29. Durga Puja Mahalaya is on September 19 ends with Durga Visarjan on September 30.


Durga PujaNavratri
Mahalaya

Ghat Sthapana

Second day of Navratri

Third day of Navratri

Fourth day of Navratri

Lalitha Panchami
Durga Puja Sashti Lakshmi Puja
Durga Puja Saptami Saraswati Avahan Puja
Durga Ashtami Saraswati Puja
Maha Navami Ayudha Puja Navratri Ends
Durga Visarjan Vijaya Dasami


The nine day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi. The first three days of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Durga, next three days to Goddess Lakshmi and the last three days to Goddess Saraswati. The ninth day is observed as Ayudha Puja. This method of celebrating Navratri is more popular in South India, especially in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

In North and western parts of India, Navratri is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Shakti. The festival begins with the Ghat Sthapana on the first day and ends on the 10th-day with Vijaya Dasami. Nine different forms of Goddess Shakti are worshipped during the nine-day period.

In some regions in North India, all the nine days are dedicated to Goddess Durga and includes rituals like Shasti, Durga Saptami, Durga Ashtami and Maha Navami. Kanya Puja, worship of small girls, is also observed on the eighth day.

Durga Puja festival is more popular in Bengal, Tripura, Assam, Orissa, Jharkhand and other parts of eastern India. The Durga Puja festival begins on Mahalaya, the Amavasi day in Ashwin month and is a 10-day festival. The most important rituals associated with Durga Puja begin on the Shasti day (sixth day). The most important rituals are held on the seventh (Saptami day), eighth (Ashtami day), ninth (Navami day) and the visarjan or immersion of Goddess Durga Murti (idol) takes place on the Vijaya Dasami day (the tenth day).