According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Durga completed the slaying of monsters on this day. And so the triumph over the evils must be celebrated with enough pomp and ceremony. To commemorate the Goddess blessing the World after her conquest, people put red tika (rice grains mixed with vermillion powder), and jamara (barley seedlings) grown from the day of Ghatasthapana, on their forehead.
The elders put tika and bless the youngers, making wish for their protection by the Goddess, their success and prosperity in life. This continues for four days as they also visit their relatives to receive blessings from the seniors and exchange greetings. With a fast on the night of the last full moon day, the biggest festival of the year comes to an end.