Durga puja

October 12th, 2010 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

सर्व मंगल मांगल्ये, शिवे सर्वाथ साधिके,
शरैन्ये त्रियाम्बके गौरी नारायणी नमःस्तुते

Bengal is bestowed with wealth by nature. Seasons create a multicoloured mixture in our life. In Bengal, all six seasons Grishma (summer ), Barsha (Rainy season ), Shorat ( Early Autumn), Hemanto( Late Autumn ), Sheeth( Winter ) and Basanto(Spring ) can be observed minutely. Durga puja comes in the autumn.
The last day of Pitripaksha is celebrated as Mahalaya. Mahalaya is observed on the Amavasya day or New moon day of Ashwin (September/October). It is the auspicious occasion to invoke the Goddess of supreme power. All are involved to celebrate the nine days of Navratri from the next day of Mahalaya. It is the belief that these nine days the powerful goddess will protect us from all unwanted evils.

Durga puja is the biggest festival of Bengal. It is celebrated in the early autumn. It is the festival of socio-cultural events. Every Bengalee waits for this festival to arrive. There is no rich and poor feeling in the mind of people. All are busy with buying the new clothes for the festival. Children and youth take part in different cultural activities. Mature and old people are interested in dramas and they like to perform different roles.

There are some symbolic custom when wearing the following colours during Navratri. The first days Green symbolizes Growth and Harmony. The second days Grey symolises elegancy. The third days Pink symbolizes Appreciation and Gratitude. The fourth day White symbolisesPurity and Truth. The fifth day Red symbolisesLove and Passion. The sixth days Blue symbolizes Faith and Wisdom. The seventh days Yellow symbolizes Happiness and Joy. The eight days Violet symbolizes Power and Luxury. The ninth days Peacock Green symbolizes Truth and Hope. Bengalees celebrate from Panchami. There is bhog in every pandal. In the evening , there are different cultural programmes.

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The nine Navratri colors for 2010 published in local newspapers on October 6, 2010. They are:
1. Pratipada – Oct 8, 2010 (Friday) – Green
2. Dwitiya – Oct 9 (Saturday) – Grey
3. Tritiya – Oct 10 (Sunday) – Pink
4. Chaturthi – Oct 11 (Monday) – White
5. Panchami – Oct 12 (Tuesday) – Red
6. Shasti – Oct 13 (Wednesday) – Blue
7. Saptami – Oct 14 (Thursday) – Yellow
8. Ashtami – Oct 15 (Friday) – Violet
9. Navami – Oct 16 (Saturday) – Peacock Green

During Navaratri, we invoke the energy aspect of God in the form of the universal mother, commonly referred to as “Durga,” which literally means the remover of miseries of life. She is also referred to as “Devi” (goddess) or “Shakti” (energy or power). It is this energy, which helps God to proceed with the work of creation, preservation and destruction. In other words, you can say that God is motionless, absolutely changeless, and the Divine Mother Durga, does everything. Truly speaking, our worship of Shakti re-confirms the scientific theory that energy is imperishable. It cannot be created or destroyed. It is always there.
The prominence of Durga Puja increased gradually during the British Raj in Bengal. After the Hindu reformists resemble Durga with India, she had become an icon for the Indian independence movement. In the first quarter of the 20th century, the tradition of Baroyari or Community Puja was popularised due to this. After independence, Durga Puja became one of the largest celebrated festivals in the whole world.
It is believed that Idol ( Protima) is made from the clay of prostitution’s courtyard. It symbolises that prostitutes save the society from Asura or evils. This symbolizes that evil in society is saved by these women. Durga kathamo (Framework) is made with her four children —Kartik , Ganesh, Saraswati and Lakshmi representing respectively the protector, the initiator of the puja, knowledge and the provider—signifies the complete manifestation of the goddess. Durga is known as the divine spouse of the Lord Shiva.

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  1. sanjeev sharma Says:

    As a child i was told many of the thing about the festivals, now the parents have less time and kids are not interested. The real meaning of festival is to enjoy life with a policy live and let others live to be with everyone in joys and share sorrows.
    Life is colourful and we should all make efforts to make god and humans who are created by god happy.

    Thanks after reading i closed my eyes and visualised felt great

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