‘Living Durga’ admires devotees
‘Maha Ashtami’ observes with a sniff of special charm across the steel city
Lakhs of devotees admire when they come face to face with ‘living’ goddesses at a simply decorated pandal at Brahama Kumari Ishwariya Vidyalaya sector 4 in Bokaro
Young girls, who practice simple Rajyoga or meditation, have dressed up as goddesses and they stand still in the pandal with Durga clutching a trident, Saraswati holding a veena and Lakshmi depicted with a pot of wealth, while two dressed-up as Durga’s sons Lord Kartike, Lord Ganesha and one as Mahisasura.
While watching the ‘Living Durga’, viewers also found stand fixed. A curtain is pulled before the standing girls every five minutes to give them two-minute break and let the crowd disperse. The show is scheduled from 7 pm to 10 pm during seventh to ninth days (Saptami to Navmi) of Durga puja.
We are organizing the ‘Living Goddess show’ in a bid to create curiosity among people about meditation and to depicting the presence of ‘Durga’ and ‘Asura’ in all human beings, said an organizer.
Meanwhile, peoples from newly born to late eighties have taken the precious glimpses of the idols of goddess Durga on the auspicious eve of ‘Maha Ashtami’ in Bokaro Steel City.
More than 100 pandals have been set up in Cchas and Bokaro which includes the replicas of popular temples and many other historical monuments, which are the main attraction of the steel city.
Over lakhs of devotees visited puja pandals in the steel city to worship and receives the blessings of goddess Durga as they believe that the mother stands for everything that is everywhere in the Universe. As goddess Durga, sits on a Lion gives us the power to eat, breathe, and walk safely.
The entire city is illuminating magnificently with innovative themes which offering glimpses of goddess Durga. Chhau, Dandia and Garba dance competitions observed at various puja spots.
Amitabh Sarkar a priest, who regularly coming from Kolkata on the eve of Navratra, since past seventeen years, to worship the goddess Durga with Bangla rituals at Bokaro Steel City said that Navratra begins on the first day of Ashvin months and goes on for nine days. During these nine days, people worship the nine different forms of Devi, which are known as Shailputri (Daughter of Mountain), Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalratri, MahaGauri and Siddhidatri.