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Happy Lakshmi Puja to all devotee friends! May Maa MahaLakshmi bless you all! Smile

Prayers to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Fortune

These are Prayers to all of the qualities of the Goddess and the blessings that She gives.

The First is the Lakshmi-Stuti, from Vishnu Purana, 7.9.116-138,

The Second is the Sri Suktam.

This Stuti eulogy of Lakshmi, which was spoken by Lord Indra, is the source of all opulence. In this world, poverty never dwells among those who recite this stuti daily.

indra uvacha

namasye sarva-lokanam

jananim abja-sambhavam

Shriyam unnidra-padmaksim

vishnor vakshah-sthala-sthitam

 

Indra [the demigod king of heaven] said, "I offer my obeisances unto the lotus-born mother of all beings, unto Sri [the Goddess of fortune], having full-blown lotus-like eyes, and reposing in the bosom of Vishnu."


padmalayam padmakaram

padma patra-nibheksanam

vande padma-mukhim devim

padma-nabha-priyam aham

 

"I offer my obeisances unto the Goddess who is the abode of lotuses, who holds the lotus, whose eyes resemble the petals of a lotus, whose face is a lotus, and who is dear to the Lord who has a lotus navel."

 

tvam siddhis tvam svadha svaha

sudha tvam loka-pavani

sandhya ratrihi prabha bhutir

medha sraddha sarasvati

 

"You are siddhi, nectar, Svaha and Svadha, O purifier of the worlds. You are twilight, night, effulgence, opulence, intelligence, faith and Sarasvati."

 

yajna-vidya maha-vidya

guhya-vidya cha shobhane

atma-vidya cha devi tvam

vimukti-phala-dayini

 

"You are the knowledge of sacrifice, the worship of the universal form, and occult learning, O beauteous one. You are the knowledge of Brahman, O goddess, and the bestower of the fruit of liberation."

 

anvikshiki trayi varta

danda-nitis tvam eva cha

saumyasaumyair jagad rupais

tvayaitad devi puritam

 

"You are the science of dialectics, the three Vedas, Varta, the knowledge of chastisement. O goddess, this universe is filled with your gentle and terrifying forms."

 

ka tv anya tvam rte devi

sarva-yajna-mayam vapuhu

adhyaste deva-devasya

yogi cintyam gada-bhritaha

 

"O goddess, who except you can dwell in the person of that God of gods, who consists of all forbearance, the bearer of the mace, who is contemplated by the yogis?"

 

tvayi devi parityaktam

sakalam bhuvana-trayam

vinashta-prayam abhavat

tvaye danim samedhitam

 

"O goddess, the three worlds, having been abandoned by you, were on the verge of destruction--because of you, they have again recovered their position."

 

dara-putras tatha garam

suhrid-dhanya dhanadikam

bhavaty etan maha-bhage

nityam tvad-vikshanam nrinam

 

"O exalted one, men are endowed with wives, sons, houses, friends, grain and wealth due to your constant glance."

 

sharirarogyam aishvaryam

ari-paksa-ksayam sukham

devi-tvad-drishti-drishtanam

purushanam na durlabham

 

"O goddess, freedom from bodily ailments, riches, destruction of enemies, and happiness are not difficult to attain for persons who view your glances."

 

tvam mata sarva-bhutanam

deva-devo harih pita

tvayaitad vishnuma chadya

jagad vyaptam-characharam

 

"You are the mother of all creatures, as that God of gods, Hari, is their father. And this universe, consisting of moving and nonmoving entities, is presently permeated by you, as well as Vishnu."

 

ma nah kosham tatha goshtham

ma griham ma paricchadam

ma sariram kalatram cha

tyajethaha sarva-pavani

 

"O purifier of all, if you forsake us, neither our treasures, nor our cows, nor our houses, nor our possessions, nor our bodies, nor our wives, are secure."

 

ma putram ma suhrid-vargam

ma pashun ma vibhushanam

tyajetha mama devasya

vishnor vaksah-sthalalaye

 

"O you whose abode is the chest of Vishnu, if you forsake me, neither sons, nor friends, nor animals, nor ornaments can be mine."

 

sattvena satya-shaucabhyam

chatha shiladibhir gunaih

tyajante te narah sadyaha

sansyakto ye tvayamale

 

"O spotless one, men who are forsaken by you are also forsaken by goodness, truth, purity, good character and other virtues."

 

tvayavico kitah sadyaha

shiladyair akhilair gunaih

kulaishvaryaish cha muhyante

purusha nirguna api

 

"And those who are glanced upon by you, although devoid of any good qualities, are infatuated by all good qualities, such as good character, lineage, wealth, etc."

 

sa shlaghyah sa guni dhanyaha

sa kulinaha sa biddhinam

sa shurah sa cha vikranto

yas tvaya devi vikshitaha

 

"O goddess, he who is glanced upon by you, is praiseworthy, accomplished, fortunate, intelligent, high-born, heroic and possessed of power."

 

sadyo vaingunyam ayanti

shiladyah sakala gunaha

paranmukhi jaga-dhatri

yasya tvam vishnu-vallabhe

 

"O nurse of the universe, O beloved of Vishnu, all virtues, character, etc., immediately abandon him from whom you turn away."

 

na te varnayitum shakta

gunan jihvapi vedhasaha

prasida devi padmakshi

masmams tyakshih kadachana

 

"Even the tongue of Brahma is incapable of describing your qualities. O lotus-eyed one, be auspicious unto me. Please do not abandon me."

[Thus ends the Lakshmi-stuti]

Sri [the Goddess of Fortune] said: "I shall never turn my face from one who praises me every morning and evening with this hymn."

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SRI SUKTAM

Om, Hiranya varnam harinim

Suvarna rajatasrajam

Chandraam hiranmayim

Lakshmim jatavedo ma avaha

 

Sloka 1

O all-knowing fire-god (Agni), would you kindly propitiate Mahalakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity, one whose body has the golden color; one who is decked with gold and silver garlands; one whose sari is yellow colored and one Whose face is like the full moon and whose eyes bless humanity with soothing grace. O Jata Veda, the fire-god, kindly tell Her of our supplications.

 

Tamaavaha jatavedo

Lakshmimananpagaminim

Yasyaam hiranyam vindeyam

Gamasvam purushanaham

 

Sloka 2

O, Agni, the great fire-god, with the blessings of Mahalakshmi, wealth and prosperity, gold and cattle, horses and useful animals, family and children and every type of prosperity will come to me. By the arrival of Goddess Lakshmi in my home, the prosperity will be imperishable. Health, friends, knowledge, everlasting peace and finally freedom -- all these types of wealth will be mine by the arrival of the Universal Mother, Lakshmi, into my home.

 

Ashwapurvam Rathamadhyam

Hastinada Prabodinim

Sriyam Devimupahvaye

Shrirmadevirjushatam

Sloka 3

That Goddess Lakshmi in whose procession the celestial horses and the divine chariots are used, as the elephants roar the OM sound which pleases that Goddess. She being Gajalakshmi or Lakshmi Who is worshiped by the elephants. O Agni, I am invoking that power, the spouse of Vishnu. May I attain Her grace.

 

Kamsosmitam Hiranya Prakaramardram

Jvalantim truptam tarpayantim

Padmestitam padmavarnam

Tamihopahvaye sriyam

Sloka 4

One Who is sitting on the blossomed thousand-petalled lotus; one whose body has the color of the lotus; may that great Goddess. The compassionate, radiant, ever-smiling, fulfiller of all the desires of Her votaries, hear my prayers. I invoke that Mother, Mahalakshmi of golden color.

 

Chandramprabhasam yashasajvalantim

Sriyamloke devajustamudaram

Tam Padminimim Saranamaham

Prapadye Alakshmirme

Nashyatam twam vrune

Sloka 5

I invoke Mahalakshmi Who shines like the full moon and like lightening. Her fame is all-pervading. Denizens of heaven constantly worship Her. She is minificent. Her benevolent hands are like lotuses. I take refuge in Her lotus feet. Let Her destroy my poverty forever. O Mother Mahalakshmi, I take shelter at Your lotus feet.

 

Aadityavarne Tapasodhijato

Vanaspatistava Vrukshothabilvaha

Tasya phalani Tapasanudantu

Mayantarayascha Bahya Alakshmihi

Sloka 6

O Universal Mother, shining like the sun, it is through Your penance that the holiest trees of Bilva and Tulasi are born. They symbolize the tree of life. The fruit of that tree of life removes our poverty from both within and without. In other words, bless us with inner light and outer independence and abundance.

 

Upaitumam Devasakhaha

Kirtishcha Maninaa Saha

Praddurbhuto smi rastresmin

Kirthimrudhim dadatume

Sloka 7

O Devi, the great Goddess, with Your blessings let Kubera, the treasurer of the gods; his friend, Manibhadra, the protector of wealth, and Keerti, the goddess of fame who was the daughter of Daksha Prajapati.

 

Kshutpipasamalam JyesthaAm

Alakshmim nashayamyaham

Abhutimasamruddhim cha

Sarvam Nirnuda me grihat

Sloka 8

That goddess of hunger and thirst, one who is reduced to a skeleton; I would like the death of the goddess of poverty. O Mahalakshmi, may You kindly drive away any fear of poverty and inauspiciousness from my home. In other words, bless me always with abundance and joy.

 

Gandhadvaram duradharsham

Nitya Pushtam Karishinim

Eshvarim sarvabhutanam

Tamihopahvaye Sriyam

Sloka 9

I invoke that supreme Goddess Lakshmi to dwell in my home forever. She is the supreme power of protection and Goddess of all the universes and cosmic elements. She is Mother Earth, the bestower of great contentment. Her blessings are bringing us the fragrance of the sandalwood paste. May that Ishwari be ever present in me.


Manasaha-Kamamakutim

Vachasatya mashimahi

Pashunam Rupamanasya mayi

Shrishrayatam yashaha

Sloka 10

May Mahalakshmi fulfill all my desires. May I attain perfection. May my words come true. May I be bestowed with cattle, wealth, food, milk and honey to share with all. May that Sri Devi come to my home in the form of undying fame.


Kardamena Prajabhuta mayi

Sambhava Kardhama

Shriyam Vasayame Kule

Mataram Padma malinim

Sloka 11

We are the progeny of our forefather, Sage Kardama, who is one of the sons of Goddess Lakshmi. We invoke that Sage Kardama to install in his family the Universal Mother, Mahalakshmi, who is decked with the garland of lotuses. So be it.


Apsrujantu Snigdhani Chiklita

Vasa Me Gruhe

Nicha devim Mataram Sriyam

Vasayame kule

Sloka 12

We invoke another son of Lakshmi named Chikleeta. May he dwell in our home and may his mother, Mahalakshmi, dwell in our family.


Ardram pushkarinim Pushtim

Pingalam Padmamalinim

Chandram hiranmayim Lakshmim

Jatavedo Ma avaha

Sloka 13

O Agni, may You propitiate Mahalakshmi, the destroyer of demons but merciful to Her devotees, abode of auspiciousness, bestower of total protection, extraordinarily beautiful, bedecked with valuable ornaments, shining like a thousand suns; may that Hiranmayi, the golden colored Goddess, be pleased with us.


Ardram Yah karinim yastim

Suvarnam hemamalinim

Suryam Hiranmayim Lakshmim

Jatavedo Ma avaha

Sloka 14

O Agni, the fire-god, I once again pray unto you to invoke the presence of the Lakshmi Devi with us. The Mother Who is merciful blessings with Her lotus hand. May that yellow-clad, lotus-garlanded, moon-faced Goddess shower Her choicest cup of blessings upon us.


Tama avaha Jatavedo

Lakshmimanapagaminim

Yasyam Hiranyam Prabhutam gavo

Dasyoshvam Vindeyam Purushanaham

Sloka 15

O Agni, please pray to that Lakshmi that we should be blessed with inexhaustible wealth. May that wealth bring that greatest joy and peace along with all material comforts of cows, servants, horses, family and good children, and the highest of all, freedom.


Om Mahadevyaicha vidmahe Vishnu

Pathnyaicha dhimahi

Tanno Lakshmih prachodayatu

Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi

Sloka 16

Let that Mahalakshmi be invoked on Whom I meditate upon, Who is the consort of Lord Vishnu, the Supreme Mother. Let peace prevail everywhere.

 

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108 Names of Goddess Lakshmi

Prakruti - Nature
Vikruti - Multi-Faceted Nature
Vidya - Wisdom
Sarvabhootahitaprada - Granter of Universal Niceties
Shraddha - Devoted
Vibhuti - Wealth
Surabhi - Celestial Being
Paramatmika - Omnipresence
Vachi - Nectar-Like Speech
Padmalaya - Residing On The Lotus
Padma ' Lotus
Shuchi - Embodiment of Purity
Swaha - Shape of Swahadevi(Auspicious)
Swadha - Shape of Swadhadevi(Inauspicious)
Sudha - Nectar
Dhanya - Personification of Gratitude
Hiranmayi - Golden Appearance
Lakshmi - Goddess of Wealth
NityaPushta - Gaining strength Day By Day
Vibha - Radiant
Aditi - Radiant Like The Sun
Deetya - Answer Of Prayers
Deepta - Flame-Like
Vasudha - Earth
Vasudharini - Bearing the the Burden of Earth
Kamala - Lotus
Kantha - Consort of Vishnu
Kamakshi - One with Attractive Eyes
Kamalasambhava - Emanating from the Lotus
Anugrahaprada - Granter of Good Wishes
Buddhi - Wisdom
Anagha - Sinless
Navadurga - All Nine Forms of Durga
Harivallabhi - Consort of Lord Hari
Ashoka - Dispeller of Sorrows
Amrutha - Nectar
Deepa - Radiant
Lakashokavinashini - Remover of Universal Agonies
Dharmanilaya - Establisher of Eternal Law
Karuna - Compassionate
Lokamatri - Mother of the Universe
Padmapriya - Lover of Lotus
Padmahasta - Having Lotus-Like Hands
Padmakshya - Lotus-eyed
Padmasundari - Beautiful Like the Lotus
Padmodbhava - One Who Emerged Out of the Lotus
Padmamukhi - Lotus-Faced
Padmanabhapriya - Beloved of Padmanabha
Ramaa - Pleaser of the Lord
Padmamaladhara - Wearer of Lotus Garland
Devi - Goddess
Padmini - Lotus
Padmagandhini - Having the Fragrance of Lotus
Punyagandha - Having Divine Perfume
Suprasanna - Ever Cheerful and Beaming
Prasadabhimukhi - Emerging to Grant Boons
Prabha - Radiant Like the Sun
Chandravadana - Moon-Faced
Chanda - Cool Like the moon
Chandrasahodari - Sister of the Moon
Chaturbhuja - with four arms
Chandrarupa - Moon-Faced
Indira - Radiant like the Sun
Indusheetala - Cool like the Moon
Ahladajanani - Source of Happiness
Pushti - Healthy
Shiva - Auspicious
Shivakari - Source of Auspicious Things
Satya - All Truth
Vimala - Pure
Vishwajanani - Mother of the Universe
Pushti - Possessor of All Wealth
Daridriyanashini - Remover of Poverty
Preeta Pushkarini - One with Pleasing Eyes
Shanta - Full with peace or Calm
Shuklamalambara - Wearer of White Garland and Attire
Bhaskari - Radiant like the Sun
Bilvanilaya - Resider Under Bilva Tree
Vararoha - Ready to Offer Boons
Yashaswini - Reputed
Vasundhara - Daughter of the Earth
Udaranga - Endowed with a Beautiful Body
Harini - Deer-Like
Hemamalini - Having Golden Garlands
Dhanadhanyaki - Bestower of Wealth and Foodgrains
Siddhi - Ever Ready to Protect
Straina Soumya - Showering Goodness on Women
Shubhaprada - Granter of Auspicious Things
Nrupaveshvagathananda - Loves to Live in Palaces
Varalakshmi - Granter of Bounty
Vasuprada - Bestower of Wealth
Shubha - Auspicious
Hiranyapraka - Amidst Gold
Samudratanaya - Beloved Daughter of the Ocean of Milk
Jaya - Goddess of Victory
Mangala - Most Auspicious
Devi - The Deity
Vishnuvakshah - Residing in Vishnu's Chect
Vishnupatni - Consort of Vishnu
Prasannakshi - Lively-Eyed
Narayana Samashrita - Sought Refuge in Narayana
Daridriya Dhwamsini - Destroyer of Poverty
Devi - Goddess
Sarvapadravanivarini - Dispeller of all Distresses
Mahakali - A Form of Kali
Brahma-Vishnu-Shivatmika - Trinity of Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva
Trikala-dnyanasampanna - Aware of all 3 -the Past, Present and Future
Bhuvaneshwarya - Supreme Deity



Edited by Urmila11 - 10 October 2011 at 10:47pm

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Debi & Urmi

Thanks for the elaborate descriptions.

I dunno whether this is the right thread for questions, but I'll ask it here, since it's otherwise a bit idle - which is the Bong literary source that has Ma Lakshmi as Ma Durga's daughter?  In other words, she & Ma Saraswati are Mahadev's daughters?

The most often cited description of Lakshmi's origins are in Kurma avatar, where she is one of those who's brought up by the Samudra Manthan, and marries Vishnu.  The other source I've read about is her being the daughter of Rishi Bhrigu.  In case of Saraswati, she was created by Brahma, and it's debated as to whether she's Brahma's wife or not (given that Saraswati images in Durga Puja have her wearing sindoor, she's regarded as Brahma's wife here).

So do the Bengali sources that have Durga as the mother of Lakshmi & Saraswati (is it Krittivas, btw?) deny that Lakshmi emerged during the Samudra Manthan, or that Saraswati was created by Brahma in a manner analogous to Eve being created from Adam?

Finally, thanks for populating this thread w/ full descriptions of all the days of the puja - would be a good one to re-open every year around Durga Puja.

Oh, and wish everybody who's celebrating it today a very happy Lakshmi Puja.

P.S.  One thing I wonder - for the Durga visarjan, they immerse all the 5 statues, but Lakshmi puja follows less than a week later.  So why not have two visarjans - the first after Durga puja of Durga, Kartik, Ganesh and Saraswati, and after Lakshmi puja, do the Lakshmi visarjanQuestion


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Hello My Dear Friends, Hug  Hug 

OK, a bit late in replying Embarrassed, anyway, let me start: Big smile
 
 
@ Semanti, Vrish, Rehan, Pari, Aishi, Nandini, Minakshi, Aishu….
 
Thanks a lot for all the posts Hug Hug Hug  Hug…
 
I am Sooo Happy to be able to make this thread with the Blessing of the Mother, and to find So many Replies here Star. Its just Great to be able to celebrate the festival with you all! Hug  Our Dear Members of Mytho Forum! Hug  Hug
 
I think we should carry on posting in this thread about the coming celebrations also. I will try to add info about Kaali puja/ 'Bhai phota' (Bhai Dooj) and Jagaddhatri Puja and yes, Saraswati Puja too in this thread in next yr Big smile, so that it can becomne an informative Thead about all those occasions.
 
 
 
 
@ Semanti, Really Happy to have the link of Durga Puja story from KR in this thread. Star Star I guess many members will be able to know the detailed history of Durga Puja from those posts in that Thread.
 
And now, yesss, I am SOOO Happy for all thses posts on the spaciality of each of the 4-5 days of Puja  Star Star Star, the informations aout Shashti ('Bodhan'), Saptami ('Nabapatrika snaan'), Ashtami ('Kumari puja'), Nabami ('Sandhi puja/ Maha Aarti') and Dashami('Visarjan')- all these points have been there in my mind since last yr Durga Puja to post here elaborately! You have done it the same way I have conceived!  Star  Truly, my Dear Dear Sis! Hug  Hug   The Mother has given you the same 'prerna' for the task as I got it last yr! Star  All those posts have made this Thread so Rich and Blissful!   Star

 
Yes, indeed, the Mother can never leave us. It is just the 'mrinmoyee murti' which leave us, (thr' 'praan pratishtha', we make it 'chinmoyee' and worship during these 4 days), otherwise she is ALWAYS with us, protecting and guiding her dear children!
 
 
Great to have the 108 names and all those Strotras on Ma Lakshmi here. Star Star
 
 
 
 
@ Parina, LOL! Now you got the idea how we celebrate Durga Puja Smile.  The related celebrations are not over yet!  We will have them here too in the coming days Big smile …
 
 
 
 
@ Rehan, Loved all those glimpses of Durga Puja, Really wonderful! Star Star
 
And yes, very Nice creation about the song-'Aaji Bangladesher hridoy hote', how the Mother emerges from the heart of our Motherland- I enjoyed all the shots of the video, very relevant WRT the concept of the Mother!  Star Star
 
 
 
 
@ Aishu. Love you Dear! And yes, Thanks a lot for those encouraging words Hug. Ok, so you had bengalis in your prev. neighbourhood? Then you know the craziness  LOL we have about Durga Puja Big smile
 
 
 
 
Aradhana, Actually we are not so familiar with the names- 'Durga Saptasahi' or 'Durga SaptaShati' in Bengal.  I tried to find the info by searching the net and LOL! What did I find!  That 'Durga ShaptaShahi' is actually 'Shri Shri Chandi'/ 'Devi Mahatmya', a text of 700 verses, which is read in each and every puja mandap during Durga Puja, only we call it with some other name! Smile
 
Here are some related links:
 
 

Durga SaptaShati : 700 Slokas on Ma Durga from Markandeya Purana

 
 
 

Durga Saptashati - First Chapter

 
 
Summary of each chapter with links of the text:
 
 
Detailed info:
 
 
and the wiki page:
 
 
 
 
Now coming to 'Durga Saptashloki', which is actually a shortened version of Shri Shri Chandi, I guess, having only 7 shlokas devoted to the Mother.
 
Links:
 
Sapta Shloki Duga Stotra
 
 

Saptashloki Durga

 
 
Sapta Shloki with meaning:
 
 
 
Some sites do have the opinion that reading these 7 shlokas with devotion can get us the same result as we get from reading the whole text of Durga ShaptaShahi. Only this much info I can give you right now. Later, if I come across some person having the knowledge about the same, will definitely  mention about that to you.
 
 
 
 
 
@ Vrish, again, Thanks for encouraging words! Loved you participation here.  Smile

 
Very True! We can have such Threads to celebrate the various festivals! Star  And yes, it can be re-opened, good Idea! Thumbs Up
 
 
LOL! About the visarjan of Ma Lakhsmi Murti, I guess that is the tradition, don't have any 'logical' answer right now.  
 
 
Now about your qs about Ma Lakshmi and Ma Sarawasati- I have also thought about the same when I came to know that Ma Saraswati is considered the wife of Brahmaji in north India. I was surprised. That was a new info to me also that time. Yes, in the same way, there is the confusion  about Ma Lakshmi's origin... Right now, I cannot add anything more to it, there must be some Source of this info, will try to find the answer and come back to you soon.
 
 
 
 
About Aaradhana's qs and Vrish's qs- if any other member/s have any info/ details- please share it with us here.
 
 
 
 
Lots of Best Wishes for all! Hug  Hug
 
 
Joy Ma Durga!

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Some related Threads:
 

'Happy Sharad Poornima - MahaRaas Day'

 

http://india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=1915969

 

 

'Difference between Dusshera and Navratri?'

 

http://india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=1774698


 

 

More to be added here …

 

Will also post some more info about Durga Puja soonSmile

 

 

 
 
Now about a chief feature of Lashmipuja- the beautiful concept of 'Kojaagari', (which I missed while posting info about Lakshmipuja in page 3 ),  from Parina's Post ('Sharad Purnima' Thread) –
 
Also known as 'Kojaagari Punam,' the festival is celebrated on Aso sud 15 - Purnima. Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth moves around in the night sky, asking 'Ko jaagarti' searching for people below who are 'awake'. In Sanskrit, 'Ko jaagarti' means, ' Who is awake?' And to those who are awake she gifts wealth. 
 
 

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Meeting of Two Nations on the Occasion of Durga Puja 'Visarjan'


Dear Friends, now I am sharing an interesting fact about Durga Puja.


We all know about the the division of Bengal  Unhappy during British raaj. So, in spite of having the same culture, the people of the two nations (Bengalis of India and the Bangladeshis) celebrate all the occasions separately!!! It is really sad! Unhappy

 
But, but… not the Durga Puja!!!!  Big smile That is the reason it is Sooo Special for the people of Shaatkhira (Bangladesh) and Bashirhaat/ Taaki of W. Bengal. They only have the river Ichchhamati between them!!! On the day of Vijaya Dashami, both the parties come with their Durga Murtis and sometime they cross the river, come near the opposite side to let the people of the other nation see their murti and then go back to their shore for 'visarjan'!

 

The whole ambience become sooo Friendly, Loving and Emotional!  Hug  Hug
Many people witness their near and dear ones only once in the whole year, during this immersion of Durga 'Pratima'! (as we all know that the rules to visit another nation is quite strict Unhappy).

 
All the boats carrying the murtis attach the flag of their respectie nations. There are so many security arrangements from the authorities of both the nations!

 
But all these 'rational' arrangements fall short in front of the Spirit of Durga Puja!!!  All the people become one with all!!! They gift each other Sweets, Chocolates and Flowers to make the meeting memorable! Even an unknown person become a dear one in that situation! They interact Sponataneously!!!   Hug  Hug
 

 
It is truly said that 'who is the host and who is the guest- they forget all that'!!! Star  Star  Actually, it is the Ichchmati River, who acts as a host, making the people of both the nations meet and spent a good time together!
 

 
This tradtion is going on since last 300 years…
 

 
Kolkata Doordarshan brings a special telecast of this celebarion each year. I have been watching it since last 3-4 years! We are So Grateful to them for bringing the telecast diretctly to our drawing room!  Star Star Star Star   So that, we, who live So Far from the 'actual place', can also FEEL the Spirit of the celebration!
 
 
This is another special fact about the puja I wanted to share woth you all!
 
 
Now about Ichchhamati river from Wiki:
 
 
Icchamati River  is a trans-boundary river which flows through India and Bangladesh and also forms the boundary between the two countries..
 
Immersion of Durga Images:
 
At the end of Durga Puja the immersion ceremony in the Ichamati offers a unique spectacle along the India-Bangladesh river border. The Ichhamati river, which acts as a natural border between the two countries, becomes the scene of tremendous revelry on this day, when boats crammed with people from both countries converge here to immerse their respective idols. Boats of all shapes and sizes can be seen on the river, as far as the eye can see — each one flying the flag of its respective country. It is the only day during the year when border patrolling is relaxed and people can cross over to the other side of the river. While earlier, after immersing their idols, people could even disembark from their boats on the other side, restrictions imposed by border officials in the last few years has put an end to this practice.

 

A video about the special celebration:
 

Immertion Of Dugra Idol Ichamati River Basirhat 2010

 
 
Now some images:
( Courtesy:
 
 
 
 
 
- The Goddess is loaded on boats for the immersion ceremony at the end of Durga Puja. This scene is on Ichamati river in between India and Bangladesh.
Photo Courtesy: Press Information Bureau of India
 
 
 
 
- The immersion of the idol of Goddess Durga at the Ichamati river in between India and Bangladesh loaded on the typical joint boat. Across the river is Satkhira in Khulna district of Bangladesh.
 
 
 
- Hundreds of devotees come in the boat from both side of Bangladesh and India to take part in the immersion ceremony of the idol of Goddess Durga at Ichamati river in West Bengal bordering Bangladesh
Photo Courtesy: Press Information Bureau of India
 
 
 
 
- A scene from the immersion the idol of Goddess Durga at the Ichamati river in between India and Bangladesh. The idol is loaded on a typical conjoint boat called 'taki'. The other side of the river is Satkhira in Khulna district of Bangladesh.
Photo Courtesy: Press Information Bureau of India
 
 
 
 
- A security personnel on guard on the banks of the river Ichamati in West Bengal bordering Bangladesh. Here devotees from both countries meet to celebrate the immersion of the idol Goddess Durga on the conclusion of the five days Durga Puja festival.
Photo Courtesy: Press Information Bureau of India
 

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Posted: 18 October 2011 at 6:44am | IP Logged
Another interesting facet of Durga Puja is that it is also celebrated inside many of the main Prison Houses in W. Bengal, like- Asansol, Malda, Behrampur, Midnapore and in many other homes across the state. The inmates of the prison houses arrange for the puja and do all the tasks with enthusiasm!

 
Related articles for more details:
 
 

Invoking Durga behind bars

27 September 2011
 
 
 
 
Convicts leave Cells to bow before Durga
 
 
 
 
 
And here is a news about how some of the jail inmates are trained by famous dancer/ actor Alokananda Roy to take part in a Tagore dance drama – 'Valmiki Pratibha', in Mumbai during the Durga Puja Celebration:
 
 

Kolkata jail inmates to tell the tale of reform

 

 
 

Convicts to perform in Mumbai Durga Puja

 

 


 
-- I feel all these topics mentioned in these recent posts of mine are a part of the Great Festival, so decided to post them here. Th' they are not related to Devotion 'directly' Smile, but the aim of all these actions are so Noble Star  that it can be said that it is indeed the God in us who is working for the betterment of the humankind thr' all these actionsStar
 
Remembering and feeling Devoted to the Mother, Who is the Source of all! Day Dreaming
 
 
Joy Ma Durga!
 

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