Commencing on Mahalaya and also known as Navaratri, Durga Puja honours Goddess Durga. She vanquished Mahishasura and symbolically destroyed evil. Celebrations begin on the sixth day and last over five days.
Traditional rituals in honour of Goddess Kali occur by night, and the red hibiscus flower is compulsory. Destruction of evil forces and peace and happiness, health and wealth blessings are sought by ardent devotees.
Lord Vastu protects the house and grants blessings of prosperity. Ceremonies invoke the forces of nature and the four directions. They help to attract positive energies and ensure fruitful existence for the family members.