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Friends, today is Vijaya Dashami, the painful farewell day of Mother Cry

Vijaya Dashami: day four of the Puja

Vijaya Dashami program


Dashami is the last day of Durga Puja, when a tearful farewell is offered to the deity. In Bengal, Goddess Durga is worshipped in the form of Aparajita on the day. It is followed by Maha Arati which marks the end of the important rituals and prayers during Durga Puja.

After a shital bhog of Panta Vat, Kochur Sak and Ilis Machvaja, the purohit perfoms the Bisarjan Puja. In this ritual the Devi, who had been invoked in the Navapatrika and divinized idol, is entreated to return to her celestial abode. This is followed by Prasasthi Vandana. In Darpan, a mirror is placed in front of the deity and devotees look into the mirror to see the deity's feet. The mirror is symbolic in the sense that whenever there is a ritual bathing of Goddess Durga, it is the reflection on the mirror that is bathed and not the original Deity.

Devi Boron is the final sending off of Uma by the married womenfolk of the locality. The ladies perform Aarti of Goddess Durga and smear Her with vermillion(sindoor) and offer sweets(mishti), beetle-leaf(paan). Then all the married women paint each other with vermillion(sindoor) and share sweets.

After Boron, the Devi is brought out of the house,and readied for departure to the Ganga for immersion. This process is called Visarjan, wherein a grand send-off is arranged by the devotees. Before the immersion of idol the last aarti for this year is performed on the bank of the river. She is immersed with great care by some persons who take her into the water.

A unique ritual on the day is the Vijaya ceremony. People embrace each other and forgive and forget past offences and promise a new beginning and the juniors touch the feet of the seniors seeking for blessing.

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Vijaya Dashami is a very painful day for all Bengali! We enjoyed so much with Maa Durga from Mahalaya, & now she is leaving us Cry but we have to remember that God can never leave us because we are God's beloved creatures Smile So waiting for the next year starts from this day!

Jai Maa Durga! Shubho Vijaya to everyone!

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'Shubho Bijoya'/ 'Vijaya Dashami Greetings' Hug   Hug  Hug Hug   to all of you and Lakshmi Puja Greetings in advance Smile

Having really busy schedule these days Unhappy. Will try come back with Replies and some more info about Durga Puja soon.


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Wish everybody a great Lakshmi Puja in advance.  Maybe Debi or someone can post more about the Lakshmi Puja tradition as well Smile


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Thank you for sharing knowledge about Navratri days :) Can you answer my question? I heard reading durga saptshloki is as effective as reading durga saptashati..is this true?

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Lakshmi Puja is another Bengali festival that is celebrated in every household. Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth is worshipped just after Durga Puja. Lakshmi is one of the daughters of Durga who symbolizes wealth, peace and prosperity. On a full moon night people worship her at their homes and pray for her bessings. All the rites performed during the Lakshmi Puja are followed with utmost care and

The Lakshmi Puja time schedule is also maintained well by the devoted. Delicious Bengali Recipes on Lakshmi Puja night are cooked and are then given to Goddess Laxmi as an offering.It is considered that Goddess Lakshmi visits homes of the devotees and replenishes them with wealth.


The Myth

Goddess Lakshmi is generally represented as a beautiful golden woman, usually sitting or standing on a lotus, her symbol. She is also known as 'Sri' and attained importance as the consort of Vishnu.


 
Goddess Lakshmi has generally been thought to have existed first as the daughter of the sage Bhrigu and to have taken refuge in the ocean of milk during a period when the gods were exiled from their kingdom as a result of a rishi's curse. She was reborn during the churning of the milk ocean as Lakshmi, one of the fourteen precious things.The Goddess of Wealth, emerged from the ocean forth fully grown
and radiant, bearing a lotus in her hand. Goddess Lakshmi was then married to Vishnu and has a clear share in Vishnu's activities as preserver, and this reinforces her earlier character as goddess of fortune and giver of wealth.



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Lakshmi Puja in Kolkata is celebrated both by the Bengali community and the non-Bengali community. The Bengalis celebrate Lakshmi on the full moon day that succeeds Maha Dashami. Maha Dashami marks the end of the Durga Puja. Goddess Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, prosperity and peace. It is basically meant for housewives, who pray for the well being of their family but nowadays Lakshmi Pujas are also done in Pandals. On most occasions, the public Lakshmi pujas are done in the pandal, which was previously used for Durga Puja. The non-Bengali community conducts Lakshmi puja during the diwalis.

Description of the Idol of Goddess Lakshmi

The idol of Goddess Lakshmi is painted yellow and has four hands. She is draped either in 'Daker Shaj' ora sari and crown. She holds a lotus in one of her hands, a vermilion case in one hand, the ripe wheat flowers one another hand. Her bearer is the white owl.

Lakshmi Puja in Bengali Homes

The priest conducts the Puja and at times, the housewife herself conducts the rituals. The Ouja take place in the evening or night nut within the specified time span. The homes are decorated with 'Alpana'. The white color of the alpana is made from ground rice and water. Small, face to face 'S' shapes are drawn all over the homes to symbolize the footprints of the goddess. In some homes, symbols are used instead of idols. The symbolic representatives includes ripe wheat and containers or painted mud plates. The priest performs rituals and ararti. The unique feature is that they unlike other Indian pujas no musical instruments are played. Only the shell is sounded. 



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@Aradhana, I don't know much about 'durga saptshloki' and 'durga saptashati', but will try to find info about your qs soon.


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