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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Barak Valley all set to celebrate Durga Puja

SILCHAR, Sept 23: Around 500 puja committees across the towns and villages of Barak Valley, districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi have readied themselves for the greatest autumn festival –– Durga Puja–– that begins from Thursday with the invocation to the Goddess. Along with serenity, sacredness and reverence, puja mandaps are begining to glitter.

No one knows for certain who first initiated the festival in Barak Valley. Historical records show that since the fourth century, Tantrism had been the religion of the area. In the 14th century, the Hedemba royal family adopted Shakti cult. The last of the Cachari rulers, Krishna Chandra and Gobinda Chandra, were worshippers of Goddess Chandi, and animal sacrifice was part of their rituals.

With the annexation of Cachar by the British in 1832, some zamindar families of Borkhola, Bicrampore and Fulertal established the Durga as their household goddess. The family of Dev of Malugram has been worshipping Goddess Durga since 1870 and the two puja mandaps of the Ramkrishna Mission Road and Aryapatty continue to maintain their tradition of Shakti worship and cultural ethos. THE SENTINEL

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