Celebrated generally during September or October, the main ritual of the festival can be identified as the placing of images of the Goddess in homes and temples. A grand Ceremony is ceremony is held where fruits and flowers are offered to the Goddess and ‘bhajans’ (hymns) in her honour are sung.
In Gujarat, it is a community event, where people perform devotional songs and dances that are popular by the names of Dandiya Raas and Garba Raas, and observe Jaagran (waking through the night). In Bengali, beautifully made huge idols of the Goddess are worshipped, devotional songs and dances are performed, followed by a grand procession on the tenth day when the idols are immersed in water. The last four days of the festival are considered as most important here. During these four days, people worship pre-pubescent young girls known as ‘ kanyas ‘ as embodiments of Goddess. Ayudha Puja’ is performed on the ninth day where one worship the tools and implements of their livelihood and places it on the altar of the Goddess for her blessings of success and prosperity, it serves to remind one to uphold one’s responsibility as a sacred duty on the divine. On the tenth day of Dusseshra, Devotees perform ‘Saraswati Puja’ for blessing of knowledge and mental peace and Durga for her victory over the mighty demon-king Mahishasur
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