Jagaddhatri Puja (also known as Jagadhatri Puja) is one festival which is celebrated in much zeal in West Bengal and Odisha. It is known that for the Bengali the Durga Puja is the biggest festival of the year. Once it is over, people look forward to the next ones such as Kali Puja, Diwali and BhaiDuj and Jagadhdhatri Puja. This one is the last in the line of the year’s Hindu festival.
Jagaddhatri Puja – All You Need to Know
Jagaddhatri or the savior or protector of Jagat i.e. the Earth and she is considered as a form of Supreme or Shakti. the Goddess has 3 eyes, 4 arms, and sits on a lion. She holds a Chakra, Bow and Arrow and Shankha. The Goddess she sits on the lion who stands on demon Karindrasusa. She represents the triumph of Good over Evil. According to saint Ramakrishna, it is the ability to control our frantic mind is represented by the victory of Goddess over the demon.
The performance of this puja was approximately started in 1713 and the puja which was done by Raja Krishna Chandra of Nadia and Chandannagar’s Indra Narayan Roy Chowdhury was famous. It is said that Raja Krishnachandra was imprisoned by the British due to his involvement in the Swadeshi movement. The king was released on Dashami, i.e. last day of that year’s Durga Puja. His people and he himself could not celebrate the festivities of Durga Puja properly due to this troublesome period. So he decided to perform Jagaddhatri Puja.
This Puja is performed in the Kartik month of a year (in November). Like Durga puja, the puja Vidhis are similar on Ashtami, Navami, and Dashami. Navami is the most significant day of this festival. The Goddess is dressed in bright red Saree and jewelry and wears a garland of Snakes. The devotees do upvas and break the fast after puja completion with the Prasad.
This festival is popular in Nadia, Phulia, Hooghly and especially Chandannagar. So much so that people from Kolkata and other areas of Bengal and the country visit Chandannagar during Jhagaddhatri Puja to witness the grandeur of the festivities. Chandannagar Jagadhatri Puja is famous for its illumination and light works and it is said no other place can match the celebration done here. Baripada’s Bhanjpur in Odisha is famous for the Jagaddhatri mela. The carnival continues for 8 to 15 days.