When is Jagadhatri Puja 2012 – Jagadhatri Puja 2012 Date starts on Thursday, November 21 and November 22. 3 days celebration happens for this festival. The goddess Jagadhatri idol is visarjit at the end of pooja.
Jagadhatri Puja(জগদ্ধাত্রী) is the occasion on which prayers and devotion is offered to Goddess Jagadhatri. In Bengali, the word Jagadhatri stands for ‘Protector of the world’. Deity Jagadhatri is a form of ‘Shakti’ or Durga. Jagadhatri Puja is an integral part of cultural celebration across West Bengal. Jagadhatri Puja is celebrated throughout three days starting from the 9th lunar day of ‘Shukla Pakkha’ in Bengali month Kathika.
Legend of the Festival
Sect of Goddess Jagaddhatri has been derived from ‘Tantra’ where she is sacredly signified by ‘Rajas’ and ‘Tamas’. According to mythology, she is the emblem of ‘Sattva’ alongside Devi Durga and Kalika. Idol of Jagadhatri is brightly portrayed in the color of rising sun. She has three eyes and four arms holding Conch, Chakra, Bow and arrow. Her sari is bright red and she is clad with precious jewels which personifies the Brahman and Yoga. She rides the lion and underneath her feet lays the slain elephant demon. It is said that after Devi Durga saved the Gods from the tyranny of Demon King Mahishasura, they became egoistic and started underrating the eternal power of the Goddess. This is when ‘Brahman’ appeared in front of them in disguise of ‘Yaksha’ and all the Gods failed to show their power before him. Thus all of them came to realize that it is the almighty protector Goddess Jagadhatri who saves the world and the heaven from all evils.
Celebrations and Rituals of Jagaddhatri Pooja
Maharaja Krishna Chandra, the ruler of Nadia initiated the ostentatious celebration of Jagadhatri Puja according to popular beliefs. Traditionally Jagadhatri Puja has been a part of legacy for some old affluent families in West Bengal. Jagadhatri puja is particularly hosted with great pomp and show in Howrah, Hooghly and Chandannagar at every nook and corner. Chandannagar is famous for its articulate lighting and decoration on Jagadhatri Puja. On ‘Ashtami’, the first day of celebration, the deity is worshipped as the patron of fortune, health and wealth. Animal sacrifices are made on the following day ‘Navami’. The celebration ends with Devi’s emersion on ‘Dashami’.
Significance of Jagadhatri Pooja
Devotees believe that one, who worships Devi Jagadhatri, is freed from egos and prides. He becomes a real Brahman, the true server and protector of the world. Jagadhatri Puja is another festive feather added to the cap of Bengali ethnicity.