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 is worshipped as Chamunda (that is, Kali who killed the demon Chanda and Munda).  This Puja is considered to be the highest point in the whole Durga Puja and the most important ritual.

It is customary to perform bali or animal sacrifice at this sacred juncture.  When the first Durga Puja was celebrated at Belur Math in 1901, Swami Vivekananda wanted to have bali done.  But Holy Mother prohibited it and, in obedience to Holy Mother’s injunction, animal sacrifice is never done at Belur Math.  Instead, a banana is ‘sacrificed’ as a symbolic bali.

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