When we began to exchange our views and ides regarding Durga Puja in South Kolkata ( Behala area) it cant be possible that Behala Sree Sangha Durga Puja wont be discussed. Behala Sree Sangha has always remained in the limelight for multiple reasons. Pritam Dey Chaudhuri, working president of Behala Sree Sangha Durga Puja 2012 explains to www.durgapujaonline.com that every year worshipping of Nobodurga is organized with pomp and splendour. In fact, Pandal hoppers not only from the city but also from suburbs gather in Sree Sangha Durga Puja to see the nine different forms of Devi Durga.
This year Behala Sree Sangha Pandal would mirror the look and appearance of Jagmohan Palace, Mysore. Just like the Palace, the Pandal is also built in traditional Hindu style. The Pandal is supposed to be nearly hundred and forty feet tall. Well now www.durgapujaonline.com would elaborate on the concept of Nobodurga. Among the several forms of Devi Durga, the nine forms that will be worshipped in Behala Sree Sangha Durga Puja 2012 include-
Devi Aparajita- Goddess Aparajita is one among the numerous forms of Goddess Durga, her forms and attributes are mentioned in Devi Purana and Chandi Path. Aparajita means unconquered , she is worshipped on the Vijaya Dashami day or Dasera day. The popular belief is that in the Aparajita form , Mother Goddess vanquished all those that were practising Adharma. She protected the people who followed and preached the principles of Dharma.
Devi Sherawali- In Hinduism Ma Sherawali is another form of Devi Durga , the supremely radiant goddess depicted as having ten arms riding a lion or a tiger , carrying weapons, including a lotus flower , maintaining a meditative smile and practising mudras or symbolic hand gestures. Goddess Durga is treated or believed as a form of Shakti worshipped for her grace as well as terrifying aspect. Mother of the universe Devi Sherawali too represents the infinite power of the universe and is a symbol of the material manifestation in the world. She is another form of energy ( Shakti ).
Devi Narasinghi- Narasimha whose name literally translates from Sanskrit as '' Man- lion'', is an avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu and one of Hinduism's most popular deities as evidenced in early epics, iconography and temple and festival worship for over a millenium. As Goddess Amba , Goddess Durga took the form of Narasimha in order to protect her devotee Prahlad.
Devi Rudrani- Rudrani is the wife of the Rudra Dhritavrata. Rudrani is believed to be a Hindu goddess, an appellation of the goddess Durga. The Shakti of Rudra, considered to preside over blood sacrifice in the vedic period, she later came to be identified as an incarnation of Durga. Rudrani is the divine will and sacrifice related to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
Devi Svaha- Svaha means so be it. The english translation could be ''hail'' to indicate the end of a mantra. Whenever offerings are made to God through yagna , the word Svaha is uttered during sacrifice. Goddess Svaha is considered to preside over burnt offerings. She is regarded as the wife of Lord Agni. Svaha is a minor Goddess in Hinduism originally a nymph. She became immortal after marrying Agni. At times Svaha is identified with Uma and Parvathi.
Devi Jaya- Ma Durga comes home with her two friends or Sakhis called Jaya and Bijoya. Devi Jaya is also mentioned in the holy Shlokas chanted during Adyastatra.
Devi Chandrabhaga- One of the fifty two legendary Shakti Peeths is located in Junagadh district , Gujarat. The holy place is dedicated to divine power of Goddess Durga who is worshipped by a large number of Hindu devotees as Chandrabhaga. It is believed that Devi Sati's stomach fell here. The main idols of this legendary divine place are Devi Chandrabhaga, the moon Goddess and Lord Shiva as Vakratunda . The holy place is dedicated to Goddess Durga.
Devi Vishnavi- The power of the Preserver- God Vishnu is described as seated on the Garuda ( eagle- man) and having four or six arms. She holds Sankha, Chakra, lotus and bow or sword and her two arms are in Varada Mudra ( blessing hand gesture) and Abhaya Mudra ( no fear hand gesture ). Like Vishnu, she is heavenly adorned with necklaces, anklets, earrings, bangles etc. and a cylindrical Kirita mukuta.
Devi Katyayani- She is the main deity who is worshipped every year in Behala Sree Sangha Durga Pujo. The fourth manifestation of Goddess Durga is worshipped in the form of Goddess Katyayani.
It is believed that Goddess Katyayani gives instant results and her devotees get freedom from all the troubles and sufferings in life. She is known to kill the demons and sinisters. . The person worshipping the Goddess can feel a strong sense of enlightenment in himself. The form of Goddess Katyayani is radiant like a gemstone seated on a lion. Her one hand is in Abhay Mudra and the second hand is in Valamudra. She holds weapons and lotus in other hands.
The devotee who is devoted towards worshipping the Goddess has to perform the sixth day Puja with rituals to please Goddess Katyayani and therefore establish Agya Chakra in his mind. Her worship if done with devotion and faith lead to the attainment of Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. The deity has eighteen hands and this form of Devi Durga remains constant in Behala Sree Sangha while Devi's other form or avatars keep on varying. Devi Katyayani's height is usually kept at twenty five feet.
It is theme maker Avishek Singh who is progressing with this challenging concept of Nobodurga.
So friends right from Chaturthi evening all of you are assembling in Behala Sree Sangha Durga Pujo 2012 to see Devi Durga's nine avatars right. www.durgapujaonline.com has given enough details so just go and take blessings from Ma.