Prosses of durga pooja
Significance of Durga puja
Durga comes from the Sanskrit term “durgam” that means difficult to approach. Maa Durga, the Mother Goddess and the Saviour of this world according to the Hindu mythology, is the deity of love, wrath, anger, power and the manifestation of the majestic powers. She rides on the ferocious lion and hence, is known as the Simha Vahini. Worshipping her through the Durga puja will bring her blessings to the life of the worshipper and devotee.
When to do the Durga puja?
Durga puja is performed during the Navratri season. This falls in the Ashwin maas or month as per the Hindu calendar. According to the English calendar, the Ashwin maas falls in the months of September or October. The puja is performed in all of these nine days and the nine different forms of the desities are performed. These are Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Maha Gauri, and Siddhidatri. The last four days of the puja are celebrated with much grandeur.
How to perform the Durga puja?
In most of the places in the Eastern part of India, the Durga puja incorporates one main function and that is the making of the deity. On the day of Mahalaya, the deity or the clay Goddess is given the eyes or the most important aspect of Her being. This is called the “chokkhu daan” ceremony. Then from the very day of the Navaratri, when the worshipping starts, the Goddess is given life in Her clay idol, which the Hindus consider as the Goddess Herself. With mantras and flower and utmost devotion, the puja is performed in these nine days.
Durga puja process:
The durga puja is one of the most elaborate and complex pujas possibly there in the Hindu religion. It is extremely thorough and intricate. As Maa Durga is an extremely angry incarnation of the powers from different Gods and Goddesses, who was created to kill the demons, any failure of performing the puja with perfection will lead to a negative result. During these nine days, the Goddess is worshipped with the holiest of ingredients. The worshipper keeps a fast for the nine days with a strict restriction in the necessary food intake. On the last day of the fast that is on Navami nine small girls are fed with Shuddha Saatvik food.
The rituals of Durga puja:
“Chokkhun daan” is the most important ritual at the beginning of the puja that is performed on the early morning of Mahalaya. However, on the first day of the puja, the idol is given life and this is called “praan pratishtha”. It is belived that after praan pratishtha, Mother Goddess Durga becomes the living embodiment of the incarnation. After the puja, the idol is immersed in Ganga river to take her back to Kailash, where she resides.
Importance of Durga puja:
As per the Hindu mythology, Maa Durga came to being when all other Gods and Goddesses failed to destroy oreven stop the Demons or the Asuras. Then, Bramha, Vishnu and Maheshwara, the three most important Gods created the feminine form of power and She was Maa Durga. Since she killed the Asuras, it is believed that worshipping her will destroy all the evils.
Mantra for Durga puja:
Ya devi sarvabhuteshu Shakti ruena sansthita
Namastasyae namastasyae namastasyae namo namah
Benefits of Durga puja:
It helps to overcome the negative deeds and come to the path of good and positivity. All the negative deeds done by the ancestors in the past can be removed if holy water is offered through tarpan during this puja. It will save you from the threats.
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Sep, 08 2016 12:38 pm