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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Jagaddhatri Pooja During Navratri Festival

About  Jagaddhatri Pooja

 


Jagadhatri Pooja is a tradition exclusive to West Bengal. The Goddess Durga in her role as the mother of the Universe is worshipped during the 10-day festival. The Jagadhatri festival is celebrated a month after the Dussehra and Durga Pooja celebrations. The festival celebrates the role of the Divine Mother in her benevolent role .The festival is organised on a grand scale with 10 days of dance, music and cultural programmes. The festival culminates with the immersion of the idol on the tenth day.






History of Jagaddhatri Pooja



This Festival is Celebration in West Bengal, nay India, was under the British rule, inspite of being under the French administration at that time Chandannagar created a distinct tradition. Jagadhatri Pooja is a major socio-cultural event in this region. The ancient history of Jagadhatri Pooja in Chandannagar is unknown even today. It is heard that Indranarayan Chowdhury introduced the Jagadhatri Pooja in Chandannagar in the manner of King Krishnachandra of Krishnanagore. The time of beginning of Jagadhatri Pooja in Krishnanagore was 1762. Indranarayan Choudhury died in 1756. So Indranarayan Choudhury by no means introduce the Jagadhatri Pooja in Chandannagar. The beginning of Jagadhatri Pooja in Chandannagar probably dates back earlier than 1750. Indranarayan Choudhury performed the Jagadhatri Pooja at his own house in Chandannagar, at the time Krishna Chandra used to come to borrow money from Indranarayan Choudhury. 






Perhaps Krishnachandra was attracted to greatness of Jagadhatri at this time. The formal difference between Durga and Jagadhatri occurs in 'Mayatantra' and Jagadhatri is mentioned with reference to Durga in Krishnanda's 'Tantasaar'. The ruling to perform the special Pooja of the goddess on the ninth lunar day of the light fortnight in the month of Kartick has ben referred in 'Krityatattarnab' by Srinath Acharyachuramoni of the 15th-16th century. The fourhanded goddess is carried by the lion everywhere, an elephantlies of the feet of the lion. The idol has an old fashioned shaping, i.e. the face cutting is of a longish pattern; it has large eyes spread upto the years and the four hands display conch, discus, shaft, and bow respectively. The snake is her sacred thread.One of the main attraction of Jagadhatri idol of Chandannagar is the ornamental decoration of the goddess with sola and beautiful canvas of mats with painting at the back of the image.

The number of community Poojas in Chandannagar, Bhadreswar and Champdany Municipal areas crosses 190 mark. Of these, 132 Pooja committees in different localities in Chandannagar and Bhadreswar areaffiliated to the Chandannagar Central Jagadhatri Pooja Committee. The Central committee renders all possible assistance to its constituents in getting permissions and clearances for holding Pooja. The immersion procession is really memorable and enjoyable sight to witness which lakh of people throng in Chandannagar from far and near. The beautiful decorated tall images loaded on trucks are taken around the cityin a procession. This year 51 Pooja committees will take part in the procession.

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