Durga Puja 2020 Image: This year Durga Puja begins a month after Mahalaya

Durga Puja 2020: Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Durga Puja will be various this year. In the ‘brand-new regular’, Bengalis living outside India are hectic taking online lessons to carry out Durga Puja themselves. COVID-19 has actually required the priests from West Bengal to cancel their worldwide itinerary. For years, priests from the state utilized to take a trip to nations – from the United States to Japan and Europe – to do the puja for Bengalis settled there.

” The COVID-19 break out has actually limited our motion however Durga Puja can not wait. After demands from pals in India and abroad, we chose to carry out online workshops where all puja routines will be taught,” Jayanta Kushari of the Sarva Bharatiya Prachya Vidya Academy, informed news firm Press Trust of India. The Academy has actually chosen to carry out online classes on September 27 and October 4, Mr Kushari included.

From ghot puja, prior to the idol of Durga is set up on pratipad, to kola bou snan, chandipath and the yagna, all routines will be taught, he stated. Ghot puja is hoping to Durga in an urn till Shashthi when the idol of the goddess is set up and kola bou snan is the routine of bathing a little banana plant, which symbolic of the other half of Ganesh.


The online workshops will be held at a time practical for all individuals throughout various time zones, Mr Kushari stated. The organisation has actually been carrying out workshops for individuals happy to work as priests apart from their routine tasks.

Last month the group had actually carried out comparable online classes for 175 individuals in front of the semi-finished Durga idol at Shobhabazar Rajbari, a renowned structure in north Kolkata. “More individuals can go to online sessions than in physical workshops in today situation. This may be the brand-new standard even in post-COVID times,” Mr Kushari stated.

Another priest in Kolkata, Srikanto Chakraborty stated, he is searching for deals from puja committees throughout the state after his routine customer in London informed him that they have actually delayed Durga Puja prepares this year.

Durga Puja 2020: Dates and days

  • Panchami: October 21
  • Shashthi: October 22
  • Saptami: October 23
  • Ashtami: October 24
  • Navami: October 25
  • Vijaya Dashami: October 26 – the last day of Navratri culminating in Dussehra