Durga Balidan is an important custom of Durga Puja which is observed on the day of Maha Navami. As the name suggests, Durga Balidan is about making a sacrifice in order to please Maa Durga and get her blessings.
When is Durga Balidan observed?
If Navami falls before Sanya Kaal on the previous day then Sandhi Puja, Ashtami Puja and Maha Navami Puja are observed on the previous day i.e.on the day of Ashtami. But, the custom of Durga Balidan is performed on Navami only. This ritual should always be observed on Uday Vyapini Navami during Aparahna Kaal.
How is Durga Balidan Observed?
In the ancient times, animal sacrifice was quite prevalent on this day. But, now, animal sacrifice is strictly prohibited in several cultures and religions. So, people perform a symbolic sacrifice or Bali using vegetables such as pumpkin, cucumber or banana.