Incarnation (Bodhon) of Goddess Durga today
Published: 11:43 AM, 21 October 2020 Updated: 11:47 AM, 21 October 2020
Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community, will begin on Thursday on the day of Maha Shashti at temples across the country.
The incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga has been observed today (on Wednesday) on the eve of Shashti, the sixth day of Devi Pakhsha and marked the formal beginning of Durga Puja. On Bodhon, the face of the goddess is uncovered amid the sound of dhak (drums) and shankha dhwani or the sound of the conch.
Generally, Durga Puja starts six days after Mahalaya but this year it's been a long wait after Mahalaya for the Puja. This is due to an unusual Ashwin month in the Hindu calendar, which has two new moons or Amavasyas. As this phenomena is considered inauspicious, Ma Durga and her four children - Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesha are arriving late, after the inauspicious period.
Marking Shashti, Kalparambho will be performed at 6.30 in the morning on Thursday. Recitation of verses from the Holy Chandi, blowing of conch shells and beating of dhak-dhols at temples and pandals started this morning which will continue for the five days.
Maha Saptami puja will be performed on Friday, Maha Ashtami, Kumari Puja and Sandhi Puja on Saturday, Maha Nabami Puja on Sunday and Bijoya Dashami on Monday.
The five-day festival will come to an end with the immersion of the idols of the Goddess Durga on the day of Bijoya Dashami in the nearby rivers and water bodies across the country on October 26.
A mood of festivities is being witnessed among the devotees irrespective of ages marking the festival while adequate security measures have already been taken in the puja pandals across the country.
This festival is a celebration of Goddess Durga’s victory over defeating the demon, Mahishasura. It is usually a 10-day long festival but the last five days are considered to be the most significant ones. The idols of Goddess Saraswathi, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha, and Lord Karthik are also worshipped in the festival.
Though, there might be a difference in celebrating the festival this year as per the prevailing situation of the Covid-19 pandemic.