Mahanavami 2015 – Durga Puja Navami 2015 Date

Maha Navami is observed on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Ashwin month. Maha Navami 2015 date is October 21 - the tithi time is from 8:11 AM on October 21 to 6:41 AM on October 22. (Most rituals associated with Navami will held on October 21 evening and night. It is the ninth and the final day of nine-day Navratri Festival. Mahanavami is also the penultimate day of Durga Puja. Please note that in some calendars Navami will be marked on October 22 but you will see that fasting and all rituals associated with Navami are observed on October 21

The rituals associated with Navratri Maha Navami vary from region to region. In South India, Maha Navami is observed as Ayudha Puja. All books, utensils and tools are kept for puja.

Maha Navami rituals are the final rituals associated with Durga Puja. The next day is Durga Murti Visarjan or immersion. A major bhog is held on the day and Prasad is offered to Goddess Durga. Food items prepared on the day is shared by devotees.

In some regions, animal sacrifice is held on the day. But this ritual is discouraged by many people today and is also banned by the government. But it is still held in rural regions and famous Durga Mata and Kali Mata Temple.