Ever-Mystifying rituals of Durga Puja/Navratri

Firstly, I do not intend to boggle you with these ever-mystifying rituals I learned lately about Durga Puja. Proceed further only if you are interested and non-Judgemental (or say indifferent ). Hm, I totally understand the fact that Religion is not everyone’s cup of tea, guys. I am more into the concept of spiritualism and I respect all religions and believe GOD IS ONE. we have been doing Kalash sthapana( sowing pulses, cereals and other seeds on the first day of this festival in a pot which is watered for nine days at the end of which the seeds sprout. This pot is worshipped throughout the nine days. source: Wikipedia) during Durga Puja since 11 years. I grew up between slightly strict customs, traditions and Rituals practiced by almost all the Hindu families, however I consider my family a little liberal in all these matters. I understand and acknowledge the fact that for some, these rites and rituals are of utmost importance and I am nobody to question them or let my modern education interfere with what has been passed upon us by our ancestors. I prefer to be selective and try to go with the flow.

Recently, an article in the newspaper enlightened me about few mystifying and mind-boggling rituals performed during Durga Puja. Before I start to tell you about these rituals during festival of nine days, Let me clear the fact that due to the diversity, the rituals, vary from region to region in India. For e.g.  Even the name of this festival varies from state to state, In northern India and Gujarat, it is known as Navratri or Vijayadashmi or Dusshera, Durga Puja in Eastern India etc. Read more here on wiki and here.  Below are the few of many mystifying rituals of Durga Puja :

Chakshu Daan (Eye Donation)

As during Durga Puja, huge Idols of Durga is made by artisans in the eastern India especially west Bengal, eyes of the Idol are not drawn until Mahalaya ( In Bengal, Mahalaya (Bengali: মহালয়া) marks the beginning of Durga Puja festivities. Mahalaya is the day when the goddess Durga is believed to have descended to Earth. Bengali people traditionally wake up early in the morning on Mahalaya to recite hymns) source : wiki. Many people come forward for a noble cause on this day and volunteer for eye donation after death.

source : google image search

✫✫✫

Animal Sacrifice (Presently, sacrificing vegetables are common)

Unfortunately, I do not have much to say about this. I am although glad to read that it has been replaced with sacrificing vegetables, on the internet. We don’t have this sacrificing ritual, so I was astonished to read about it. All that is done by the devotee is fasting, worshipping, hymns recital by Priest and on last day, concluding the festival with hawan and Kanya Pujan.

✫✫✫

Nine days and Nine forms

Each Day nine different forms of Goddess is worshipped and each has its own significance. Starting from day 1 to 9, forms of Goddess has been named shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandra Ghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, KaalRatri, Maha Gauri, Siddhidatri respectively.  Read more on nine forms and significance here- Hinduism.about.com

click Image for more.
Image of Siddhidatri , source: Hinduism.about.com

✫✫✫

Burning of Ravan (evil) effigies during Dusshera

If you are aware of Ramayana, you must be knowing who Ravana is. If not, do not worry. I will explain it briefly. Ravana is an antagonist of the Ramayana and Ram the Protagonist. Rama was noble and good king, however Ravana was an evil king. when Rama was subjected to live and spend 12 years in forest by his father, Ravana disguised in form of a sadhu and abducted Sita (Rama’s wife). Rama sets out to rescue her with his own army of allies and this lead to a fierce battle between both Rama and Ravana. Good wins, Rama wins and brings back Sita. Now during Dusshera, each year, Effigies of Ravana is henceforth burned in evening to signify the victory of good over Evil. Of course it has a huge contribution in pollution but then it has its own charm and I am yet to experience it with my own eyes but I do have a picture for you.

source : Google image search

✫✫✫

Ramleela plays

Ramlila is a play that begins on the first day of Dusshera and is based on life of Rama, usually ends with defeat of Ravana and is followed by Burning Ravan effigies. It is kind of popular in rural areas still and has been recognised globally. Read more here on wikipedia about it.

source : Google

✫✫✫

Hmm, yes, that is all for now. If I ever find mystifying rituals worth sharing, I will certainly update this post. Thank you for reading.

Have you ever been to Ramlila play before or experienced Burning of Ravana?

Much Loves,

Arohii

 

Advertisements

22 Comments Add yours

  1. theonlysup says:

    Durga pooja is very vibrant fascinating grandly celebrated festival in Kolkata .. And I’m always amused by the way they decorate idols . I liked the fact about eye donation thing u mentioned ..thanks arohi for providing so much info

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Arohii says:

      Thank you too 😊 yes the idols look fascinating !!! Even I was surprised about about eye donation thing..it’s a noble cause!! Glad you could stop by…😊 happy weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. theonlysup says:

        Thanks arohi. I wait for ur posts every time..

        Liked by 2 people

      2. Arohii says:

        Thank you so much for your support ..it means a lot 😊

        Liked by 1 person

  2. LyflikedatMansi says:

    Very informative. Yet again a good one Arohii

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Arohii says:

      Thank you so much 💖💖💖 xx

      Liked by 1 person

  3. mopana says:

    Wow! I love to read about rituals and traditions of other countries.
    Amazing post, Arohii 🙂
    Hugs and kisses ❤

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Arohii says:

      Me too. 😊 its very interesting !!! Thank you so much dear Monica 💕 xx Have a lovely day !

      Liked by 2 people

  4. Aquileana says:

    Such an interesting post, dear Arohii… Great to learn about Kalash sthapana and its meaning… Also, like you … I am glad to know that Animal Sacrifice has been replaced by sacrificing vegetables… anyway…. if you stop to think it, the former practice has been common since the doom of times… Among ancient greeks, it went alon many festivities, so I´d say there is a common background concerning that point, back in time… Thanks so much for this informative post!.. I much enjoyed the reading… Sending love & best wishes for your weekend and beyond! Aquileana 😀

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Arohii says:

      Wow… this animal sacrificing thing was a tradition among greeks, this was a new to me! 😊 you always bring so much information with you…Great to know you Aquilena and glad to have met you. Thank you so much 💕💕 Xx

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Aquileana says:

        Yes, it was a common practice… mainly related to Dionisos (the God of Wine) and also present in certain celebrations of “mysteries”… I am glad that you enjoyed the posts, honey… wishing you a great week… Love! 😉 Aquileana 😀

        Liked by 2 people

      2. Arohii says:

        Thank you for telling me about it, dear ! Now I wish, I do not forget the name of all greek gods I know so far😊 Have a beautiful day 😘 😊 xx

        Liked by 2 people

      3. Aquileana says:

        😀 One step at a time… And, I am sure you´ll remember!… Love for your week!.<3 Aquileana 😀

        Liked by 2 people

      4. Arohii says:

        💐 have a lovely week sweetie !!!

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Prachi says:

    One more ritual that caught my eye is sindoor khela. Celebrated majorly in Kolkata. Married women put sindoor in feet of Goddess Durga’s idols and the same is the applied by them.
    Just thought to add to the article.
    Very informative article that you’ve written.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Arohii says:

      Yes…dear…thanks for sharing…this one ritual looks awesome and I’ve seen pictures of it in newspaper as well as darpan visharjan. Thank you for much..I’m glad you found the article informative. 😊😊 xx

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Prachi says:

        I found this one quite interesting. Although there are many absurd rituals as well.

        Liked by 2 people

      2. Arohii says:

        yep, there are! Yeah sindoor khela is so fascinating, thank you for suggesting 🙂

        Liked by 2 people

  6. girlandworld says:

    Durgapuja is gone but wait has already started

    Liked by 1 person

  7. One of the best works that I’ve read about Durga Puja..Glad that I got to read yours…Good luck😃

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Arohii says:

      wow, is it? Thank you loads dear 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

Hey Arohi (Let me know what you think)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s