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Navaratri 2022: Rituals and festivities performed during Shardiya Navaratri

Another important component of the festival is the Durga Aarti which is the prayer performed twice a day to honour the goddess Durga.

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Navaratri 2022

The auspicious occasion of Navratri is a biannual festival celebrated by Devotees from all over the world. The first Navratri, known as Chaitra Navaratri, is usually performed from March to April. whereas, the second which is the primary Navaratri, Shardiya Navaratri, falls from September to October.

Navaratri is celebrated in honor of the nine avatars of the goddess Durga that she manifested during her 9-day-long battle with Demon Mahishasura, which ended with Goddess Durga defeating and killing Mahishasura on the tenth day, also known and celebrated as the day of Vijayadashami. During the nine-day-long span of the festival, the devotees and followers indulge themselves in rituals and festivities in devotion to Goddess Durga’s nine forms.

Rituals followed during Navaratri are as follows:

Ghat Sthapna Puja:

On the morning of the first day of Shardiya Navaratri, the ritual of Ghat Sthapna Puja is performed. In the ceremony, the devotee has to place a Durga idol or photograph at a place where it can’t be moved during the span of the festival. The ceremony also imposes the devotees to put a pitcher filled with mango leaves and coconut near a location and plant sorghum seeds around it. The devotees, who are expected to carry out the various tasks usually assemble and put everything in the morning and ask goddess Durga to bless them with wealth and knowledge.

Durga Aarti

Another important component of the festival is the Durga Aarti which is the prayer performed to honour the goddess Durga twice a day. Devotees usually perform the prayer early morning and late in the evening because that allows them to carry out different preparations during their free time. The devotees usually recite the prayer every day throughout the festival of Navaratri.

Durga Saptshati Path

Durga Saptashati Path is a sacred text or poem that imparts the teachings and beliefs of the goddess Durga in her own words. The devotees read the text or the poems to honour and absorb the knowledge the goddess has departed in the text.

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Kanya Pujan

In this ritual, the devotees prepare the Goddess Durga’s favorite food which is Halva, Puri, and Chane to offer to the girls from the neighborhood, who are invited and welcomed to feast during the time. The devotees also touch the feet as a sign of respect and to seek blessings from them. The girls are also given gifts after their feasts.

Navratri fast

Devotees usually practice fasting according to their convenience and health measures, Usually many devotees begin their fasting from the first day of Sharidiye Navratri and go on to fast for all nine days of the festival. Whereas, some only fast on the commencement and concluding days.

Dandiya Dance or Garba Raas

One of the most loved and iconic days of the festival is the day of Garba and Dandiya Raas, where devotees indulge themselves in the act of dancing with the help of two Bamboo sticks. The dance symbolizes the battle between goddess Durga and Demon Mahishasura. The dance is also known as the sword dance.

Navratri Jawar Visarjan

On the ninth day of the celebration, devotees while worshiping the goddess and take the grown Jawar, which was planted around the pitcher on the commencement day, is taken for immersion into the rivers, or sometimes, the followers even place them under Peepal trees.

Duga Visarjan

Much like its name, Durga Visarjan, or immersion of goddess Durga into the rivers, ponds, and lakes is also carried out by devotees. Many places that organize pandals with huge Durga idols get to immerse big idols of goddess Durga.

These are some of the rituals that one can witness during the festivities of Shardiya Navaratri. Shardiya Navaratri, this year, will commence on 26th September and end on 5th October.

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Uttar Pradesh: 5 including 3 children dead after Durga Puja Pandal catches fire

A stampede-like situation was created when the fire flames engulfed the Pandal after a short circuit.

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Pandal catches fire

In a dreadful fire incident, at least five people including three children died and more than 66 people sustained burn injuries as a Durga Puja Pandal in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhadohi district caught fire on Sunday night.

It was a stampede-like situation for at least three hours as the fire engulfed the Pandal. On receiving information, firefighters also reached the spot and began rushing the injured children and women from the Pandal to the hospitals.

After the incident, the UP Police and administrative staffers including District Magistrate (DM), Bhadohi, Gaurang Rathi, and Superintendent of Police (SP) Dr Anil Kumar reached the spot to inspect the scene.

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Negligence of organising committee cropped

The Narthua Durga Pandal in Aurai Tehsil of Bhadohi district is a centre of attraction. Religious programmes are screened through projectors inside the Pandal. To watch them, women and children of more than a dozen villages reached here on Sunday. More than 150 women and children were present at the said Pandal.

The negligence of the organising committee has come to the fore in the incident. A stampede-like situation was created when the fire flames engulfed the Pandal after a short circuit. Children and women fell inside the Pandal owing to a single entry gate. As the Pandal was made from fibre and plastic foil, within a few moments, the whole Pandal caught fire. The people present there did not get a chance to apprehend the situation and many of them sustained burn injuries.

The President of the Organising Committee, Baccha Yadav was booked by the Bhadohi Police, reports said.

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West Bengal’s Hindu Mahasabha depicts Mahatma Gandhi as Mahishasura on Durga Puja, draws criticism from across the party line

Chandrachur Goswami initially cited that the depiction of Mahishasura as Mahatma Gandhi was merely co-incidental and added that they abided by the police’s instruction and have added changes to the idol.

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Durga Puja

Former congress student wing leader, Soumyadipta Roy, on Twitter, uploaded a picture of the goddess Durga idol in which Mahishasura’s statue is replaced with an alleged Mahatma Gandhi statue. The Congress leader wrote that the Durga Puja which was organized by the Hindu Mahasabha in Kolkata’s Ruby Park had a goddess Durga idol in which demon Mahishasura’s representation was done with Mahatma Gandhi.

The leader also sought the Police to take stringent actions and arrest the organizers and charge them under the Sedition act, implying how portraying the demon Mahishasura as Mahatama Gandhi is a treacherous act in itself as Mahatma Gandhi was one of the pivotal leaders in the fight for freedom against the British monarch.

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The president of West Bengal’s All India Hindu Mahasabha, Chandrachur Goswami, who organized the event, while talking to the press opined that the organization sees Gandhi as the demon Mahishasura, and hence the organization made the idol like that. Mahishasura was killed by goddess Durga and is a mythological representation of good triumph over evil.

Goswami also remarked in his statement that the Central government is promoting Mahatma Gandhi and that’s why the organization was strong-handed in removing the idol which depicts Gandhi in a bad light. He further added that he wants to remove Mahatama Gandhi from everywhere and promote leaders like Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and others to the front.

Before Soumyadipta Roy’s tweet, journalist Indradeep Bhattacharya had uploaded the Tweet informing about the Mahatma Gandhi depiction as mahishasura idol of goddess Durga installed at the Durga Puja. However, he had to take the Tweet down as he was asked by the administration due to the Tweet causing tension during the festivities.

The action by West Bengal’s Hindu Mahasabha faced ramifications as the police filed a complaint against the organization and also asked the organizers to remove the idol. Chandrachur Goswami initially cited that the depiction of Mahishasura as Mahatma Gandhi was merely co-incidental and added that they abided by the police’s instruction and have added changes to the idol.

The move by Hindu Mahasabha came under scrutiny as many across Party lines including BJP condemned the incident. The ruling party of West Bengal, Trinamool Congress, also added to the condemnation as the spokesperson of the party stated that this is an insult to the father of the nation and further remarked that everyone knows the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi was affiliated to which ideology, insinuating and targeting the BJP.

However, the BJP has separated itself from the incident as Sukanta Majumdar, BJP state president, came forward and said clarified that the party condemns such moves and added that the representation of Mahatma Gandhi is distasteful.

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Building collapses in Gurugram during demolition, 1 dead, 3 injured

According to the officials, the two floors of the factory were already razed and the workers were demolishing the last floor when the mishap occurred.

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Building collapses in Gurugram during demolition, 1 dead, 3 injured

One dead and three others were injured after an old factory, which was being demolished in Haryana’s Gurugram, collapsed on Monday. The incident took place at Udyog Vihar Phase 1 at around 8 am.

The three-storey building has been under demolition since September 26. According to the officials, the two floors of the factory were already razed and the workers were demolishing the last floor when the mishap occurred.

Lalit Kumar, a fire official told the media that as per preliminary information, two to three labourers were feared trapped after a building being demolished, collapsed. Rescue operation on.

The police, along with the fire brigade and civil defense team, reached the spot as soon as they received information about the incident and soon started the evacuation process. The officials evacuated four labourers trapped under the debris.

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Deepak Saharan, Deputy Commissioner of Police (west), said that a rescue operation is on and the team of NDRF, Ghaziabad, was also informed.

Further investigations are underway.

On Sunday, a 31-year-old man was killed after a portion of a residential building collapsed in Bonkode locality in the Koparkhairne area in Navi Mumbai. According to the reports, when the building was leaning, the residents started vacating the building but the man was in the washroom.

The police and fire brigade team reached the spot and started the evacuation process. However, the man’s body was recovered from the debris. Reportedly, the Chavhan building was constructed in 2007 and 35 families lived there. No other casualty is reported in the incident.

Earlier, a four-storey building that was under construction collapsed in North Delhi’s Azad market. Four people were injured in the mishap. Deputy Commissioner of Police (north) Sagar Singh Kalsi said the building may have collapsed due to overloading.

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