Updated: Feb 15
Durga Puja is the biggest festival for West Bengal people and all the people living in the eastern part of India while Navratri is celebrated in the northern and western parts of India.
Actually Navratri and Durga Puja both are different from each other.
As the festival season started in India, all people love to enjoy the Navratri and Durga Puja mahotsav. The northern and western areas of India will celebrate Navratri for nine days on the other hand Durga Puja is a grand festival that is celebrated in Western and other eastern states of India.
Navratri and Durga Puja both start from 7 October, with rituals and luxuries in different parts of Country. Excitingly, both are meant for admiring and worshipping the different forms of Goddess Durga. But, there will be a modest difference in the ceremonies.
Both the festivals are celebrated for a period of nine days, but, the customs and rituals related to the festivals completely vary from each other. Below are a some major differences between Navratri and Durga Puja:
Sharad Navratri revolves around worshipping the nine forms of Goddess Durga on the nine nights of Navratri. It only ends with the celebration of Lord Rama’s success over Ravana. Durga Puja celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon king Mahishasur.
Navratri starts with worshipping the first avatar of Goddess Durga which is Shailputri, while Durga Puja starts with Mahalaya, (it was the day when the savage battle between Durga and Maishasura began, as per scriptures).
At the time of Navratri, devotees noticing this festival do not consume meat, eggs, onion, or even garlic for nine days. But for Bengalis, the Durga Puja celebration is all about good and rich food that involves non-vegetarian delicacies.
On the last day of Navratri, the celebration closes with the burning of Ravana statue across the country on Dussehra while Durga Puja ends with Sindoor Khela (it is a time when married women play with sindoor or vermillion before submergence of idols).
Durga Puja is the biggest festival for Bengalis and for people living in the eastern part of India while Navratri is celebrated in the northern and western parts of India.