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Durga Puja 2018 : Ashtami

Photos of Durga Puja on Ashtami tithi at Belur Math on 17 October 2018 As on Saptami, on Ashtami also, Mahasnan and Shodashopacharapuja are done.  In addition, nine small pots with flags of different colours attached are installed and…

Durga Puja 2018 : Sandhi Puja

Sandhi Puja :  The last 24 minutes of Ashtami and the first 24 minutes of Navami (a total of 48 minutes between the two lunar days) constitute the Sandhi or ”Sacred Juncture”.  It is considered to be a most auspicious time.  At this time…

Durga Puja 2018 : Kumari Puja

Kumari Puja :  Worship of a young girl, treating her as Devi, is also a part of Ashtami Puja.  Sri Ramakrishna has said that the Divine Mother manifests herself more in a pure-hearted girl and that is why Kumari Puja is done.  He used to…

Durga Puja 2018: Saptami

Saptami Puja at Belur Math, on 16 October 2018. Saptami Puja The important point to note here is that a living medium is necessary to invoke the indwelling  of a deity.  It is through a living medium that Divinity manifests itself. …

Durga Puja 2018 : Kalparambha

Kalparambha on the Shasthi Tithi, at Belur Math, during Durga Puja on 15 Oct 2018. Kalparambha is a ritual done early in the morning of shasthi tithi during Durga Puja. It is mainly an act of making the samkalpa or “sacramental…

Durga Puja 2018 : Bodhan

Bodhan of Sri Sri Ma Durga, at Belur Math, on 14 Oct 2018. ‘Bodhan‘ literally means ‘awakening’. It is the ritual performed at the Sandhya or dusk. The Hindu mythology holds that all gods and goddesses go to sleep for six months during…