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Kumari Puja 2017 date – Kanya Pooja during Navratri and Durga Puja

Kumari Puja is the worship of young girls (girl child) during Navratri and Durga Puja. Kumari Puja 2017 date is September 29. Also known as Kanya Pooja or Kanjak Ashtami Puja, it is observed on Durga Ashtami day (September 28) in some regions and on Mahanavami (September 29) in some regions. Young girls who are considered to be the living incarnations of Goddess Durga are worshipped on the day.

Chaitra Navratri Kanya Puja 2017 is on April 4 and April 5.

Kumari Puja means ‘Virgin Worship.’ The details of age and rituals of Kumari Puja are mentioned in the Nila Tantra.

On Kumari Pooja day, young girls aged between one and twelve are invited to homes and their feet are washed. Red colored thread is tied on their wrists. A tika is applied on the girl child’s forehead and are worshipped as incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti.

Family members take blessings of the young child by touching their feet.

The children are given ‘Prasad,’ sweets, gifts and sometimes even a token amount of money.
Kumari Puja is more popular in Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. In West Bengal, this is an important ritual during Durga Puja.

The Flip Side
But sadly some of the regions that are famous for Kumari Puja and Kanya Pooja are also famous for female feticide and sex-determination tests and the subsequent abortion of female fetuses.

In fact, on the day of Kumari Puja homes in some of the cities in these regions find it hard to get a young girl for puja. The male to female ratio is well below national average. In one the most popular cities in the region the ratio is 773 women for per 1,000 men.

No Bhagavad Gita or No incarnation can change the mindset of such people, who one day worship the girl child and on another day abort a female fetus without any consideration.

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