As the night of 'Mahastami' dawned into 'Mahanavami', a feeling of sadness beginning to set in but the people tried to make most of the last day of Durga Puja. 'Navami' is the fourth day of the puja and there are several rituals associated with this day as well,making it all the more special and important one. The fourth day-'Mahanavami'-formally starts with 'Sandhi Puja' at midnight. Sandhi Puja that marks the inter-linking of 'Ashtami' (the third day of Puja) and Navami (the fourth day of Puja).
The main attraction of this day is public feast. Whether it's a community or a residential Puja, on Mahanavami doors are opened for lunches for all. Mainly hotch-potch (khichuri), various vegetarian curries, 'payesams' and sweets are served as Devi Durga's 'bhog-prasad'. As night sets in people dressed up in the best possible attires and start hopping from one 'pandal' to the other, celebrating the last night of festivity at its fullest. From North to South, people have queued in front of the beautiful 'pandals' to catch a glimpse of the beautifully decorated pandals and the goddess.
But at the end of the day it is 'Mahanavami' on Saturday, so the devotes will aim at enjoying the last day at its fullest so that this years puja remains on the memorable one for everyone. န Photos : Dr Vivek M, Reuters, Arnab Dutta