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Sindoor Utsav 2023: Date, Time, Rituals, Celebrations and Significance

Sindoor Utsav 2023: Date, Time, Rituals, Celebrations and Significance

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Sindoor Utsav is recognised as one of the most important and significant rituals conducted during Durga Puja, particularly in West Bengal.

Another notable ritual is Sindoor Utsav or Sindoor-Khela, which is celebrated on the night of Vijayadashami, the tenth day of the famed Navratri festival. The married women do this practise before the Durga Visarjan puja. Thakur Boron is another name for this custom. Women use this to pray to Goddess Durga for the long life of their husband and the happiness of their family.

Sindoor Utsav in 2023

Tuesday, 24 October 2023

Sindoor Utsav Story And Belief

  • The Sindoor Khela rite dates back around 400 years. The Durga Puja ceremony had just begun at the time.
  • According to mythology, Goddess Durga visits her parents’ home every year during Durga Puja (Mother Menoka and Father Giriraj).
  • Lord Ganesha, Lord Kartikeya, Goddess Lakshmi, and Goddess Saraswati accompanied her, as did two others, Jaya and Vijaya.
  • Goddess Durga stayed for four days before departing on the eve of Vijayadashami for the Himalayas, where Lord Shiva used to reside.
  • However, before immersing the deity’s idol in the sacred water, the women worship Goddess Durga with the Sindoor Utsav ceremony.

Rituals of Sindoor Utsav

In this particular event, married women wear traditional attire and then apply vermilion from the deity’s feet to their forehead. Later, all of the married women play with Sindoor (Vermilion), therefore the ritual is also known as Sindoor Khela in Hindu customs, and it is performed every year.

Sindoor represents a married lady, hence the Sindoor Utsav rite wishes everyone a happy married life and good fortune. Women seek Goddess Durga’s blessings for their spouse’s lifespan as well as the prosperity and happiness of their families.