Bodhan of Sri Sri Ma Durga, at Belur Math, on 25 Sep 2017.
‘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 the southward journey of the Sun. Autumn (sharat), during which Durga Puja is done, falls in the middle of this period. Hence it is necessary to first of all awaken the deity Durga.
The ritual of Bodhan consists in installing a water-filled copper vessel at the base of the Bel (Bilva) tree (or, as is now done at Belur Math, keeping a branch of the Bel tree in the pot) and praying to the Divine Mother to awaken.
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