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Hindu art and iconography, Durga is frequently depicted standing atop or riding a tiger or lion, which represents power, will, and determination.
In riding this fearsome beast, Durga symbolizes her mastery over all these qualities. Her bold pose is called Abhay Mudra, which means "freedom from fear." Just as the mother goddess confronts evil without fear, let me tell u a story
The year 2011
An couple was on an eve walk at a lake side, n robbers accosted the couple, they held a knife on the throat of the man, who was 6 ft. tall, presuming he would be the one to offer resistance if any, and before they knew it there was this lady who were on them with a
umbrella that she was carrying, n
needless to say they beat a hasty retreat,
that lady is Sabita Ghosh,my MOM,
THE FIRST DURGA PUJA IN BENGAL
The first grand worship of Goddess Durga in recorded history is said to have been celebrated in the late 1500s. Folklores say the landlords, or zamindar, of Dinajpur and Malda initiated the first Durga Puja in Bengal.
According to another source, Raja Kangshanarayan of Taherpur or Bhabananda Mazumdar of Nadiya organized the first Sharadiya or Autumn Durga Puja in Bengal
THE 'BARO-YAARI' PUJA AND BEGINNING OF MASS CELEBRATION
The origin of the community puja can be credited to the twelve friends of Guptipara in Hoogly, West Bengal, who collaborated and collected contributions from local residents to conduct the first community puja called the 'baro-yaari' puja, or the 'twelve-pal' puja, in 1790.
The baro-yaari puja was brought to Kolkata in 1832 by Raja Harinath of Cossimbazar, who performed the Durga Puja at his ancestral home in Murshidabad from 1824 to 1831.
ORIGIN OF 'SARBAJANIN DURGA PUJA' OR COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
"The baro-yaari puja gave way to the sarbajanin or community puja in 1910, when the Sanatan Dharmotsahini Sabha organized the first truly community puja in Baghbazar in Kolkata with full public contribution, public control and public participation. Now the dominant mode of Bengali Durga Puja is the 'public' version,"
The institution of the community Durga Puja in the 18th and the 19th century Bengal contributed vigorously to the development of Hindu Bengali culture.
EVOLUTION OF THE 'PRATIMA' AND THE 'PANDAL'
The traditional icon of the goddess worshiped during the Durga Puja is in line with the iconography delineated in the scriptures. In Durga, the Gods bestowed their powers to co-create a beautiful goddess with ten arms, each carrying their most lethal weapon.
The tableau of Durga also features her four children--Kartikeya, Ganesha, Saraswatiand Lakshmi. Traditional clay image of Durga ,or pratima, made of clay with all five gods and goddesses under one structure is known as 'ek-chala' ('ek' = one, 'chala' = cover).
There are two kinds of embellishments that are used on clay--sholar saaj and daker saaj. In the former, the pratima is traditionally decorated with the white core of the shola reed which grows within marshlands. As the devotees grew wealthier, beaten silver (rangta) was used. The silver used to be imported from Germany and was delivered by post (dak). Hence the name daker saaj.
Aigiri Nandini dance - Shilpika
Whats the most Important part of Pooja’s ?
Worship of the stomach for every Bengali on this planet. SO LETS GET SOME FOOD NOW :)