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October 2020

Maha Shoshti

October 21, 2020

In Treta Yug, before beginning of his onslaught on Lanka, Rama performed Durga Puja in Autumn. This is the time of Dakhshinayana- Sun’s Southward journeys and according to Puranas Gods sleep duering this time. So Rama had to first wake up the Goddess Durga. On this day he began his premature awakening or Akal Bodhan of Maa Durga. Sasthi is the sixth day of Devi Pakhsha and marked the formal beginning of Durga Puja in Bengal. In West Bengal and…

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Maha Saptami

October 22, 2020

On this day Goddess Durga is invoked in a group of nine plants bunched togather called Navapatrika. this is performed only on the early hours of Shaptami.The nine different plants which comprise the Nabapatrika actually represent the nine different forms of Goddess Durga. In the early hours of Shaptami, the nine leaves from the nine trees are tied to the twigs of white Aparajita plant with yellow threads. It is then bathed in the Ganga, accompanied by the chanting of…

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Maha Ashtami

October 23, 2020

Durga Ashtami Puja is observed in many parts of India mainly in Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand and other eastern parts of India. The day is considered significant as life is "breathed" into the idol of Durga by priests who perform elaborate rituals amidst chanting of religious verses. The devotees of Goddess Durga start the celebrations on the morning of Maha Ashtami with Pushpanjali. Devotees perform the ritualistic bathing and fasting before offering Pushpanjali. Fresh flowers are held in hand and the…

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Maha Navami

October 24, 2020

Maha Navami is observed on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Ashwin month. The day begins after the end of Sandhi puja. Mahanavami is also the penultimate day of Durga Puja. Maha Navami rituals are the final rituals associated with Durga Puja. 'Maha Arti' that is considered a formal end of religious customs. Merriment, music and dance fill the rest of the day. On Maha Navami a major bhog is held and Prasad is…

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Bijaya Dashami

October 25, 2020

Dashami is the last day of Durga Puja, when a tearful farewell is offered to the deity. In Bengal, Goddess Durga is worshipped in the form of Aparajita on the day. It is followed by Maha Arati which marks the end of the important rituals and prayers during Durga Puja. After a shital bhog of Panta Vat, Kochur Sak and Ilis Machvaja, the purohit perfoms the Bisarjan Puja. In this ritual the Devi, who had been invoked in the Navapatrika…

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Kojagori Laxmi Puja 2020

October 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Kojagori Lakshmi Puja is another Bengali festival that is celebrated in every household. Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth is worshipped just after Durga Puja. Lakshmi is one of the daughters of Durga who symbolizes wealth, peace, and prosperity. On a full moon night, people worship her at their homes and pray for her blessings. All the rites performed during the Lakshmi Puja are followed with the utmost care and the time schedule is also maintained well by the…

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November 2020

Donate A Dollar – Virtual concert

November 14, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

"Donate a dollar" - it`s a global fundraising appeal organized by Toronto Durgabari to support the development and enhancement of the temple and to facilitate various activities within the communities and around the world. This campaign will be launched on 14 NOV, 2020 with a virtual concert performed by two popular folk bands from two different countries. From Bangladesh “JOLER GAAN” and from India “DOHAR” will present their songs from 8 pm (EST). You can watch this event through our…

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November 2021

Shyama (Kali) Puja 2021

November 3, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Toronto Durgabari, 427 Birchmount road
Scarborough, Ontario M1K 1N3, Canada
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Kali Puja, also known as Shyama Puja or Mahanisha Puja is a festival dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, celebrated on the new moon day (Dipannita Amavasya) of the Hindu month Kartik. It is also known as Dipanwita Kali Puja, Shyama Puja, or Mahanisha Puja. The puja is celebrated in Bangladesh, West Bengal, Assam, Orissa, and other parts of India and Nepal. Dewali & Deepabolee Utsob also normally coincide with this day. It was introduced in Bengal during the 18th…

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