By A O News Service
NAHARLAGUN, Sept 29: Devotees of Durga Puja Festival are getting ready to celebrate the annual festival with great fervor but this year Devi arriving on Sasthi (Oct 4) and going back on Dashami (Oct 8) riding on a horse is not considered very auspicious. It is believed that it is omen of likely war among nations, said Kali Mandir chief priest Dhananjay Chakraborty.
This is a 10-day poplar festival beginning with Mahalaya (Sept 28) and ends on 10th day with Vijay Dashmi. People of West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh besides Bangladesh and Nepal celebrate the occasion with great enthusiasm.
Interestingly, Goddess Durga is worshipped in different form and depicted in a different way. Each day has its own significance. According to legend, Devi will be worshipped as Sandha (Sept 29), Saraswati (Sept 30), Tridha Murti (Oct 1), Kalika (Oct 2), Subhanga (Oct 3), Uma (Oct 4), Malini (Oct 5), Kubichika (Oct 6), Kal Sandharba (Oct 7) and Aparajita (Oct 8), he explained.
Durga Puja commemorates the annual visit of the Goddess with her children to her parents’ home, leaving finally on Dashami to be re-united with Shiva. This leaving ceremony is symbolised by the immersion of the sculptures on Dashami. Durga Puja is also a festivity of Good (Ma Durga) winning over the evil (Mahishasur the demon). It is a worship of power of Good which always wins over the bad, he said.
However, it is a popular belief that the mode of transport for Devi’s arrival and departure predicts the lives of people for coming year. The transportation modes are nouka (boat), turang (horse), gaj (elephant) & palki each having its own significance. For example, coming by boat signifies natural gifts like a good harvest; arriving on an elephant, most peaceful mode, is considered indicator of prosperity as it brings plenty of rainfall for bumper harvesting; arrival on boat and departure by horse signifies devastation as was the case in early days after any war; arrival on a palki (palanquin) spells widespread epidemic and boat suggests flood and misery, he added.