Durga Visarjan- Immersing Durga’s Idol
From the plethora of rituals performed on Vijaydashmi, one of the most famous one Durga Visarjan. It marks the end on the Navratri festival. It is majorly celebrated by the people of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa. The ritual is observed in the morning or the afternoon, on the tenth day in the month of Ashwin (September-October), according to Hindu calendar.
The pandals where the idols of Goddess were placed for the last nine days are decorated with fresh flowers for the last time. They are filled with plates of sweets and vermillion. People attend the pandals to get a glimpse of their mother Goddess, her children, Karttikeya and GaneshaGanesha
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On the day of the immersion, married women wear beautiful, traditional clothes of red and white colors and play among themselves by applying vermillion to each other. This vermillion is first applied to the feet of the Goddess. This is the symbol of their womanhood, their marital bliss and their power and strength which corresponds to that of Mother Durga. The ritual is performed to gain blessings of a long and healthy life for their husbands. This ritual is known as Sindoor Utsav or Sindoor Khela, meaning ‘playing with vermillion’.
At the end of all of the above mentioned rituals, people gather and take the idol to a water body in a long procession. They dance at the beat of the drum and sing various hymns dedicated to the Goddess. Numerous people then carry the idols, depending on the size of the same and lead them into the water which should be flowing and not stagnant as it is considered inauspicious. Mantras and prayers are chanted and devotees ask for blessings. They also pray to the Goddess to come again next year, visit them and to keep away evil and trouble from their life and the lives of their loved ones.