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Durga Puja Schedule and Calendar for the year of 2016

Come Autumn and the clear blue sky, the little clouds floating across it, the mild fragrance of Shiuli and the gentle breeze that blows from time to time has a special significance for the Bengalis. It brings to mind the thought of Durga Puja. The most important annual festival of Bengali Hindus, Durga Puja is believed to be the occassion that celebrates the homecoming of Goddess Durga with her children for a few days. The actual celebrations of the festival are held for four days that are set in accordance with the traditional Hindu Calendars and change every year. Here we bring to you the Durga Puja schedule for this year that includes the dates as well as the timings for all the four days of this year's Puja festivities, in EST, GMT, and IST. So scroll down, have a look at the dates of the Puja Days for this year and check it out with your local timings. Shubho Sharodiya!

The Puja timings, being based on the lunar month, often spread over to the next day or night. Sashthi is the day for the inauguration, though the main part of the Puja spreads over four days from the day of Saptami to the day of the Bijoya Dashami on which the immersion takes place. So it may not match, as is the case this year, with the days of the Calendar we follow.

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Durga Puja calendar by Indian Standard Time

Durga Puja is the sacred five day festival of the Bengali Hindu community held in honour of Goddess Durga and to celebrate her annual homecoming. This year, the occassion is to be observed from 6th October (Panchami) to 11th October (Dashami). Scroll down and have a look at the Puja schedule for the year 2016 based on the IST (Indian Standard Time). Sasthi is believed to be the day on which the Mother Goddess arrives on the earth with her children. Goddess Durga’s arrival on Elephant and Goddess Durga's departure on Charanayudha. Shubh Durgotsav!

Note: The Puja timings, being based on the lunar month, often spread over to the next day or night. Sashthi is the day for the inauguration, though the main part of the Puja spreads over four days from the day of Saptami to the day of the Bijoya Dashami on which the immersion takes place. So it may not match, as is the case this year, with the days of the Calendar we follow.

Durga Puja Dates for the year of 2016
6th October, 2016 (Thursday)

Panchami

Upto 01:51pm
Durga Devi "BODHON" in the evening
7th October, 2016 (Friday)

Shashthi

From Previous day 01:52pm to That day 03:30pm
Bilva Nimantran Muhurat = 02:54pm to 03:14pm
"Amantran" and "Adhibas" in the evening
8th October, 2016 (Saturday)

Saptami

From Previous day 03:31pm to That day 04:46pm
At 05:07am Nabapatrika Puja
9th October, 2016 (Sunday)

Ashtami

From Previous day 04:47pm to That day 05:34pm
Sandhi Puja from 05:10pm to 05:58pm
10th October, 2016 (Monday)

Navami

Navami from Previous day 05:35pm to That day 05:51pm
11th October, 2016 (Tuesday)

Dashami

From Previous day 05:52pm to That day 05:37pm
Durga Visarjan Time = 05:35pm to 07:54pm
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