The first grand worship of Goddess Durga in recorded history is said to have been celebrated in the late 1500s. Folklores say the landlords or zamindar of Dinajpur and Malda initiated the first Durga Puja in Bengal.
One of those forms is the "Kumari", the Virgin form.A girl aged between one to sixteen, symbolizing the Kumari form of Devi is worshipped in front of the idol of Goddess Durga on Ashtami or sometimes Nabami.
Durga Puja is widely celebrated in the Indian states of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha, Tripura and West Bengal, where it is a five-day annual holiday. In West Bengal and Tripura, which has a majority of Bengali Hindus, it is the biggest festival of the year.