Maa Durga Visarjan in Navratri - Durga Puja, a Hindu holy festival that falls in the month of Ashwin, celebrated with great fervor and joy for nine days. Considered as a victory of good over evil, during these nine days of navratri, people worship Goddess Durga and its nine incarnations with utmost faith. During Navratri festival, big pandals have been decorated in the streets and around the temples in every cities of India. Idols of goddess Durga, her children Kartikeya - Ganesha, goddess Kali, Lakshmi and goddess Saraswati have been put in these pandals. Worship has been made in these pandals every day and people visit these beautiful pandals to take a glimpse of mother goddess during nine days.
Durga visarjan is one of the rituals of navratri. During Navratri, goddess Durga’s three forms has been worshipped which are as follows Maa Lakshmi, Goddess Kali and goddess Saraswati. On the last day of the festivity, we bid farewell to the Devi and immerse the idol in water. Before the goddess Durga visarjan, big procession of goddess idols has been carried out in the streets, in which people sing bhakti songs & hymns and dance on the beats.
Usually termed as Durga Visarjan, this is a day when Maa Durga departs to Kailash. Thus, people on earth walk in a long procession to the riverbanks where the idol immersion takes place. We bid farewell to the mother sadly and wait patiently for the next year to welcome Maa Durga during navratri.
Generally, Durga visarjan ritual is observed at the morning or at the afternoon on the tenth day of Navratri festival. Before the idols visarjan, Durga puja and the weapons puja has been performed in the pandals.
People celebrate this ritual widely in the states of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar and Jharkhand.
In West Bengal, Durga puja is one of the biggest festival, celebrated with huge devotion and dedication. Durga puja is performed for five days, which starts from (Panchami) fifth day of Sharad Navratri. In Kolkata, during the time of Durga Puja, big pandals have been created by the devotees. In these pandals, Maa Durga idol is established for puja. In West Bengal, Sindoor Utsav is one of the important rituals, carried out by the people before Durga Visarjan. After the five days of celebration, finally, on the Dashmi, People do the “Durga Visarjan” - immerse the idol in the river.