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Friends, today is Maha Shasthi Smile so I want to share the specialty of this holy day with you all, Smile

Maha Shashti: Waking up the Mother

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In Treta Yug, before beginning of his onslaught on Lanka, Rama prformed Durga Puja in Autumn. This is the time of Dakhshinayana- Sun's Southward journeys and according to Puranas Gods sleep duering this time. So Rama had to first wake up the Goddess Durga. On this day he began his premature awakening or Akal Bodhan of Maa Durga.

Sasthi is the sixth day of Devi Pakhsha and marked the formal biginning of Durga Puja in Bengal. In West Bengal and other Eastern part of India four rituals- Kalparamvo (the beginning of the Pujas), Bodhan (the consecration of Ma Durga's idol), Amantran (inviting the Goddess) and Adhivas (sanctifying the stay of the Goddess in the puja area of the pandals) - are performed on Sasthi. The 'Bodhon' rituals include the unveiling of the face of the idol. Bodhon, Amontron and Adibas are the important rituals of Sasthi apart from Kalparambho.

But Bengalis believe that on the day of Sasthi Uma(Goddess Durga), who is identified with Parvati the divine consort of Shiva comes to home of her father from her husband place with her four Children- Ganesha, Kartika, Laxmi and Saraswati. This is why all the ladies participate in the setting up of the Durga Ghat before the idol on Sasthi. They are formally welcoming Uma as a daughter on her arrival for three day trip to his father's house.

In other parts of India the sixth day of Navaratri is celebrated as Durga Sasthi or Maha Sasthi. On Sasthi Katyani Puja is observed as part of NavaDurga Puja in Shaktheya Samprdaya.

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Friends, today is Maha Saptami Smile the first day of Maa Durga's worshipping Smile, here are some information about this day,

Maha Saptami: day one of the Puja

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On this day Goddess Durga is invoked in a group of nine plants bunched togather called Navapatrika. this is performed only on the early hours of Shaptami.The nine different plants which comprise the Nabapatrika actually represent the nine different forms of Goddess Durga. In the early hours of Shaptami, the nine leaves from the nine trees are tied to the twigs of white Aparajita plant with yellow threads. It is then bathed in the Ganga, accompanied by the chanting of mantras.

Patrika Pravesh is an important ritual held during the Durga Puja and it is observed on the Saptami day. Patrika Pravesh 2011 date is October 3. This puja is also known as Nabapatrika Puja or Navapatrika Pooja.  'Nava' means nine and 'Patrika' means leaves in Sanskrit and Navapatrika is part of rituals during Durga Puja and is installed on Saptami day. The leaves are also known as Nine Durgas.

Nabapatrika symbolize nine deities worshipped in Hinduism. The nine plants are plantain (Banana), Kacu, Turmeric, Jayanti, Wood Apple (Bilva), Pomegranate, Ashoka, Arum and Rice Paddy or Dhanya.
During dawn on Saptami day, just as the first light of sun descents on earth, Nabapatrika puja is performed.

The Pran Prathishta, or life, is breathed into the idol of Goddess Durga. The ritual is performed on the Ghats of a river or pond. The idol of Goddess Durga is not taken to the pond instead life is symbolically transferred from water to plantain tree.
The ritual is an elaborate one and the stem of the banana tree is draped in a new red and white saree and the leaves are left uncovered. The banana plantain and other leaves are brought back in a procession and it is placed near Lord Ganesha in the Durga Puja Pandal.

The Pranpratisha ritual is perforemed to divinize the clay idol of Uma. The aim of this ritual to awaken the spirit of Durga as a worrier Goddess. From the day of Saptami Mahisasurmardini Durga starts her battle against the manifestation of all evils in the shape of Mahisasura to save the Srishti- the whole world.

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Friends, today is Maha Ashtami Smile thought to share some information about this day Smile

Maha Ashtami: day two of the Puja

Maha Ashtami program


Durga Ashtami Puja is observed in many parts of India mainly in Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand and other eastern parts of India. The day is considered significant as life is "breathed" into the idol of Durga by priests who perform elaborate rituals amidst chanting of religious verses.

The devotees of Goddess Durga start the celebrations on the morning of Maha Ashtami with Pushpanjali (offerings of flowers). Devotees perform the ritualistic bathing and fasting before offering Pushpanjali. Fresh flowers are held in hand and the mantra is recited after the priest. After reciting the Sanskrit couplets everyone showers flowers at the Goddess's feet.

The worship of little girls, called 'kumari puja, is the main attraction of the day. Kumari Puja is the puja where in a young girl, within age 12-13 is worshipped, as the young girl representation of Devi Durga.

Yoginis (the companions of Devi Durga) are worshiped on this day. The nine manifestation of the Goddess- Durga, Jayanti, Mangola Kali, Bhadra Kali, Kapalini, Kshama Dhatri, Siva, Svaha and Svadha are worshiped.

Evening Aarati is performed with fire. The fire symbolizes light and is the purifier of sins. In the evening, Sandhi puja is conducted, which marks the inter-linking of the Maha Ashtami with Maha Navami. It is performed at the end of Durga Ashtami and the beginning of Maha Navami. Sandhi Puja is one of the most important ritual during Durga Ashtami-Durga Puja. The 48 minutes interval or Sandhi when Ashtami Tithi transits into Navami is highly sacred. Half of it falls in Ashtami and another half in Navami. At this time Durga is worshiped as Chamunda (a form of Kali who killed the demon Chand and Munda).

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Beautiful thread Debi di!!
It's so great to learn about all the details of the celebrations!
Indeed, like Parina di said, Bengalis celebrate this festival to the fullest!
Gosh! Before we moved, we used to have a ton of Bengali friends and we got to go to such events!
Thank you so much for posting this di!





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Friends, today is Maha Navami Smile here are some information Smile

Maha Navami: day three of the Puja

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Maha Navami is observed on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Ashwin month. The day begins after the end of Sandhi puja. Mahanavami is also the penultimate day of Durga Puja. Maha Navami rituals are the final rituals associated with Durga Puja. 'Maha Arti' that is considered a formal end of religious customs. Merriment, music and dance fill the rest of the day. On Maha Navami a major bhog is held and Prasad is offered to Goddess Durga and this bhog prasad is shared by devotees.

As the Navami night passes Uma will have to leave her father's house for her husband place. The next day is Durga Murti Visarjan or immersion.

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