Kolkata: As the mesmerizing tune of ‘Dhak’ reverberated on the air, Kolkata and rest of the Bengal are celebrating the Maha Saptami today. Despite an early hour rain in the city the puja spirit seems to be standing tall.
The occasion is marked with the ‘Navapatrika Snan’ or holy bath. Devotees can be seen flocking the Ganga River for a holy dip.
On the other hand, Today is seventh day of Navratri. The festival is celebrated all over India with great zeal and enthusiasm. Navratri is a nine day celebration, during which nine forms of goddesses are worshipped.
On the seventh day goddess ‘Kalaratri’ is worshipped. The seventh form of Durga who is known for destroying ignorance and removing darkness from the universe. This occasion represents celebration of Goddess Amba over evil demon Mahishasura.
Also Women and men dance to the tune of traditional garba songs. The nine day festival of Navaratri is also being celebrated in other parts of the country. In Gujarat, People wearing traditional attire perform Garba during Navaratri festival celebrations.
Dancing Garba is an important part of celebrations in Gujarat during Navratri. In West Bengal the festival is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’. Today is ‘Maha Saptami’. People go Pandal- hoping wearing new clothes and munch on the road side delicacies
Meanwhile, Deshpriya Park Puja in south Kolkata has Come to an end prematurely. This took place after the Kolkata Police lodged a sou moto case against the committee for violating laws relating to 88-feet-tall durga idol.
Our Kolkata correspondent has informed that the durga idol has been shut.