All set for Maha
Sasthi Puja in a pandel at Dewanpasha, Dharmanagar North Tripura.
In Treta Yug, before beginning of his onslaught on Lanka, Rama prformed
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 biginning
of Durga Puja in Bengal. In West Bengal and other Eastern part of India
four rituals- Kalparamvo (the beginning of the Pujas), Bodhan (the
consecration of Ma Durga’s idol), Amantran (inviting the Goddess) and
Adhivas (sanctifying the stay of the Goddess in the puja area of the
pandals) – are performed on Sasthi. The ‘Bodhon’ rituals include the
unveiling of the face of the idol. Bodhon, Amontron and Adibas are the
important rituals of Sasthi apart from Kalparambho.
But Bengalis believe that on the day of Sasthi Uma(Goddess Durga), who
is identified with Parvati the divine consort of Shiva comes to home of
her father from her husband place with her four Children- Ganesha,
Kartika, Laxmi and Saraswati. This is why all the ladies participate in
the setting up of the Durga Ghat before the idol on Sasthi. They are
formally welcoming Uma as a daughter on her arrival for three day trip
to his father’s house.
In other parts of India the sixth day of Navaratri is celebrated as Durga Sasthi or Maha Sasthi. On Sasthi Katyani Puja is observed as part of NavaDurga Puja in Shaktheya Samprdaya. 

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