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Durga Puja in different places

Posted on: November 1, 2008

Durga Puja in different places

Ma Sarawati is also worshiped along with goddess Lakshmi 
and Durga.

Durga puja, over the years, has out-grown its religious 
connotations to a large extent as people all over India 
celebrate it with gusto. There are various ways in which 
Ma Durga is worshiped. The rituals and customs vary 
due to vast difference in the culture of Indian States. 
But, all these follow the century old tradition and
practice that intermingle with historical ethos.

In Maharashtra, Durga Puja is a fun occasion. Puja is performed each
day and devotees don't remove the flower garland that is put each day
on the idol or image of the deity. After nine days all nine are
removed together. Young girls who have not attained maturity are
invited to eat, play games, dance and sing. An elephant is drawn with
rangoli and the girls play guessing games. Then they are fed a meal
of their choice.

West Bengal
In West Bengal, Durga Puja is five days of festivity. It hinges
around Mahalaya day, a week before the actual celebrations begin. It
was on this day that Durga was assigned the task of eliminating evil.
So the familiar pose of Durga unleashing her wrath on an out powered
assura (demon). Legend goes that Ram wanted to invoke the blessings
of Durga before his great war with Ravan. He performed the Durga Puja
despite the time of year not being right. That is why the puja is
also known as Akal Bodhon, or untimely invocation.

People of Punjab strictly observes Navratri. Some Punjabus have only
milk for seven days before breaking the fast on ashtami or navami.
They worship Durga Ma and do the aarti at home. Some of them have
fruit or a complete meal once a day and intoxicating drinks or meat
and other form of entertainment is completely avoided. At the end of
the fast devotees feed beggars or worship little girls who spell the
Shakti of the Mother Goddess.

Navratri is devoted to Amba mataji. In some homes, images of mataji
are worshiped in accordance with accepted practice. This is also true
of the temples, which usually have a constant stream of visitors from
morning to night. The most common form of public celebration is the
performance of garba or dandia-ras, Gujarat's popular folk-dance,
late throughout the nights of these nine days in public squares, open
grounds and streets.

In Kerala, Durga Puja signifies the beginning of formal education for
every child aged 3-5 years. While puja goes on in the temple for all
ten days, it is only the concluding three days which are really
important. Ashtami is the day of Ayudya Puja, when all the tools at
home are worshiped. Custom dictates that no tools be used on this
day. On navami, day, Goddess Saraswati is honored by worshiping the
books and records at home.

Thousands throng the Saraswati temple at Kottayam during this period
to take a dip in the mysterious holy pond whose source is yet
unknown. Large gatherings are also seen at the famous temples at
Thekkegram (Palghat), in which there are no idols -- only huge
mirrors. A devotee finds himself bowing before his own reflection
which indicates that God is within us.

Hindus are a minority in Jammu and Kashmir but they celebrate their
festivals with pomp and show. These days, festivities are subdued,
though. The favorite deities of Kashmir are Lord Shiva and Serawali
Ma Durga, the one who rides the tiger. Pundits and Muslims alike
vouch that Navratri is important. No big pandals here, each Hindi
house-hold does the pooja at home. All the adult members of the
household fast on water. In the evenings, fruit may be taken. As
elsewhere, Kashmiris grow barley in earthen pots. They believe that
if the growth in this pot is good, there is prosperity all year.

The most important ritual for Kashmiri Pandits is to visit the temple
of guardian goddess Kheer Bhawani on all nine days. On the last day
of Navratri, an aarti is held at the temple after which people break
their fast. On Dussehra day, Ravana's effigy is burnt. Devotees also
visit the Hari Parbat temple.

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