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Durga Puja 2018

Durga Puja 2018 : Dashami

Dashami at Belur Math on 19 October 2018 In the morning a brief Puja, Shital bhog (cooling food offering) and Arati are first done.  Then the Pujari and Tantradharak circumambulate the altar and perform the visarjan ritual.  In this…

Durga Puja 2018 : Mahanavami

As in Ashtami, during Navami also Mahasnan and Shodashopacharapuja are offered to Devi. In addition, bali and Homa are performed. In Belur Math for bali white pumpkin and sugarcane are offered. The Homa (fire sacrifice) is a combination of…

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. …