Friday, November 04, 2005

Jagaddhatri Puja, Ranchi

Jai Ma Jagaddhatri !
Pre-Puja Preparations for the worship of Divine Mother Sri Sri Jagaddhatri are now at hectic pace. The history of Jagaddhatri worship at Sanatorium goes back to the year 1958. A brief but interesting account of the pre-puja preparations is given below.


Every year countless people from far and near attend this Puja where Divine Mother is worshiped. The Puja of Mother Jagaddhatri is performed for three days. This year the Puja falls on 9th, 10th and 11th November 2005. On Wednesday, 9th November in the evening the grand puja starts with adhiwas. Beginning at morning 6 am the next day on 10th, the Puja would continue till evening which includes chandipath, devotional songs, pushpanjali and havan. A separate pandal is being erected near the Pujamandap where local singers would have an opportunity to dedicate their talents at the feet of the Mother.


The Puja being performed at three stages on 10th would have pushpanjali at 9.30 am, 1.30 pm and 3.00 pm. >From One o'clock of afternoon distribution of cooked-prasad (Khichuri) would take place to the huge assembled devotees. For the purpose of Puja the work of preparing life-size clay pratima has already begun within the campus of Sanatorium. At 3.30 pm for universal welfare a special havan is being organised. The wonderful twilight-worship (Sandhyarati) would be held at evening 6.30 followed by devotional songs by Swamijis and devotees. The entire Puja would be performed at the Recreation Hall called Ananda Nilaya which is being readied with tasteful decoration. The Third day of worship that is on Friday, 11th November, Mangalarati can be witnessed in the early morning at 5.30 am amid the wintry pre-dawn period followed by darpanvisarjan at 7.30 am. While image immersion would be done after 2.30 pm at Sanatorium Dam, at 6.30 pm in the evening shantijal would be sprinkled on the devotees.


To perform this Puja meticulously and also according to the strict norms of the relevant shastra errorlessly Swami Shantatmanandaji from Ramakrishna Mission Headquarters Belur Math and Swami Swatantranandaji from Kankurgachhi, Kolkata - one as Pujari and the other as Tantradharaka - are arriving on Tuesday, 8th November. Sri Nirjhar Kanti Bhattacharya from Baguihati, West Bengal will perform the Sri Chandipath three times on the 10th. A team of able Volunteers for the Puja led by Sri Sadananda Ganguly of Howrah will assist during the three-day Puja rituals. One of the leading idol-makers and a resident of Shantipur, West Bengal Sri Santosh Kumar Pal, has already started preparing this image. For the last 43 years he has been making this beautiful adamkad pratima within the campus of the Sanatorium.


A large number of enthusiastic local adivasis who endearingly call this occasion as Jagaddhatri Mela surge forward to participate in the mela. Added attraction is adivasi dances within the campus performed by youthful men and women from nearby villages. It will be a sight to see a good number of small vendors appearing on the scene displaying their wares and fast food items. With grand jubilance the people make purchases from the small shops and eateries. The toy sellers have a field day bringing joy to children. The distribution of khichuri prasad continues to devotees

As per ancient pauranik lore of the Hindu scriptures, soon after the victory over Mahishasur the Devatas became highly egoistic. They thought because of lending to Durga their instruments the mighty asuras were vanquished. To make them understand that the primordial power is alone behind every action, the Brahman appeared before the Devatas in the form of effulgent Yaksha. Bewildered by its presence one by one the Devatas approached Yaksha. First the god of wind Vayu. The Yaksha asked him what he could do. The Vayu replied that he could throw away huge trees, tumble high mountains. The Yaksha then placed a small grass and asked him to move it. The Vayu utilised all his powers but lo! he could not even displace it. So also the god of fire Agni, could not even burn it. Likewise one by one the Devatas failed. And it dawned on them that their powers are in reality not their own but derived from the supreme power who as protecting mother holds the entire creation and therefore called Jagaddhatri. Anybody who worships Jagaddhatri becomes absolutely egoless and a true servant of the world which is nothing but a manifestation of the Brahman.
Rare Reference The formal difference between Durga and Jagaddhatri occurs in 'Mayatantra' and Jagaddhatri is mentioned with reference to Durga in Krishnananda's 'Tantrasaar'. The special puja of the Goddess on the ninth lunar day of the light fortnight in the month of Kartick has been referred in 'Krityatattarnab' by Srinath Acharyachuramoni of the 15th-16th century.


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