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Friday, July 29, 2011

Tradition of Durga Puja

Tradition of Durga Puja

The idol of Goddess Durga is being engrossed on Durga Puja’s 10th day. 

Most real form of Durga today is of 10 handed goddess statue modeled from clay with a leg on each side of a lion. Each of the hands has a separate weapon apart from two which holds spear, which is hit into chest of demon, Mahishasura. Four children of Goddess had been added also to iconography – Laxmi who is the ‘Goddess of wealth’, Saraswati who is the ‘Goddess of knowledge’, Kartik who is the ‘God of beauty and warfare’ and Ganesha who is the first course of all in good sense or you can say 'Siddhidata'.

Drum-beats are very important part of Durga Puja. This extraordinary multiplicity of drum, recognized as 'Dhak,' mesmerizes the hearts of Calcutta through its splendid rhythm, from starting from day of 'Sasthi.' This drum is being held on shoulders with beating side at the bottom. It’s beaten with two sticks. The unique thing about these sticks is that one stick amongst them is thick while another is thin. 

The Durga Puja continues with time duration of 10 days in the case of conventional as well as household Pujas, despite the fact that most important portion of it is constrained to 4 days. The main Puja, on the other hand, starts on evening of 'Sasthi' which is the 6th day, following the new moon, usually from underneath a 'Bel' tree in case of traditional ones. During 'Saptami's wee hours the next day, 'Pran' or life of Devi is taken from a close by river or pond in banana tree and set up inside Devi’s image. The main puja begins from then on and prime time is arrived at in the 'Sandhikshan,' which is the intersect time flanked by Ashtami and Navami. In conclusion, on 'Dashami,' which is the 10th day from new moon, Goddess Durga’s image is engrossed in a river or pond.

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