Jagaddhatri Puja is dedicated to the holder and the protector of the world, Jagaddhatri. She is majorly worshipped in West Bengal and Orissa. The rituals are performed in the month of Kartik, which corresponds to October-November in Gregorian calendar. The major festivity takes place in a district named Chandannagar in West Bengal.
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Chandra of Nadia. Another family which holds the festivity on a grand scale is the Bose Family of Palpara. It was first started in 1788 and later they also shifted their location from Murshidabad to Chandannagar.
Huge idols of the Goddess are placed and worshipped for over a period of seven days. The idol is presented with four hands and three eyes. She is depicted riding an elephant or a tiger and both of them symbolize humans’ pride. The goddess riding them means that she is controlling them.
Her worshipping arena is beautifully decorated with flowers and lights. Mango leaves, betel nut, coconut, vermillion, Ashoka leaves, bangles, incense sticks, fruits, flowers, henna, red scarf, etc., are also placed near her idol to make an offering.
People use thermocol to make ornaments for the Goddess. They are colored and presented beautifully at the idol. Amazing canvas of mats with paintings are also hanged at the back of the image, filling the empty arena and giving a richer and beautiful decoration to the Pandal. It is fabricated and decorated temporary or permanent platforms used for religious ceremonies. They are largely used for public worship or to perform ceremonies related to a wedding
People come together and make generous donations for the event.
Finally they take processions while singing and dancing in the name of the Goddess. A truck is loaded with all the life-like images and it is then taken around the city for display. People play with colors, smearing each other mainly red vermillion.
Jayde Jagadananda Jayadekaprapujite
Jaya Sarva Gate Durga Jagaddhatri Namostute.
It means that Jagaddhatri is all-pervasive and victorious in all conditions. She symbolizes all the joys of the world. She is the only one who can be worshipped truly in this world. Hence we bow down to her and victory to the Goddess.
It is believed that whoever worships Jagaddhatri turns into a happier being because his ego is completely destroyed. She also blesses them with courage, power and fearlessness. All the materialistic lures that drive us and make us miserable are destroyed by her.