Jagadhatri Puja is observed on the ninth day of the waxing phase of moon in Kartik month in Bengal and eastern parts of India
. It is also known as Dhatri Pooja and Jagadamba Puja. Jagadhatri Puja 2019 date is November 5. Goddess Jagadhatri is a manifestation of Goddess Durga and the festival is mainly observed in the Chandannagar area in West Bengal
– the ritual had its origin here.
Today, Jagadhatri Puja is performed in different parts of West Bengal and in some regions in Eastern India. As Jagadhatri, Goddess Durga is the protector of the earth.
In the form of Goddess Jagadhatri she is caring and showers motherly love on her devotees. This is one of the mild and happy forms of Goddess Durga.
Goddess Jagadhatri is depicted as riding a lion and she has four hands. She holds conch, discus, shaft, and bow in her four hands. An elephant is depicted as lying down near the idol. It is believed that Jagadhatri Puja had its origin in Chandannagar in West Bengal
before 1750 AD when the region was under the French rule.
The epicenter of Jagadhatri Puja is Chandannagar in Bengal
. Numerous Jagadhatri Puja committees put up Jagadhatri idols during the period.
Special pandals (temporary temples) are created for Jagadhatri Puja. The murti of Goddess Jagadhatri is beautifully decorated for worship. The puja ends with the immersion of the murti. The immersion procession is colorful and is attended by thousands of people.
Cultural activities, prayers, bhajans, Dhunuchi dance etc are organized during the Jagadhatri Puja period.
Some of the other rituals that are observed on Kartik Shukla Paksha Ashtami are Akshaya Navami. Amla Navami. Kushmanda Navami. Pushkar Fair begins in Rajasthan
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