Durga Puja (Navaratri)
Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil.
Durga Puja is celebrated every year in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September-October) and Lord Rama's invocation of the goddess before going to war with the demon king Ravana.
Durga Puja or Navratri, the festival of nine nights is dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine forms is one of the most important festivals in India. It refers to all the six days observed as Mahalaya, Shasthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadashami.
Durga puja mantra:
Om Jayanti, Mangala, Kali, Bhadrakali, Kapalini.
Durga, Shiba, Kshama, Dhatri, Swaha, Swadha Namahstu Te.
Esha Sachandana Gandha Pushpa Bilwa Patranjali, Om Hrring Durgaoi Namah.
Sarva mangala mangalye shive sarvartha sadhike.
Sharanye trayambake gauri, Narayani namostute.