Sunday, April 7, 2013

Inviting Maa Durga before Basanti Puja or Vasant Durga Puja 2013

This canvas art is Chondryma's work and copying or any modification to the original is strictly prohibited.

Basanti Puja / Vasant Durga Puja is observed during the Chaitra Navratri (sometime in mid April) in most parts of India. However, it is not as popular as Navratri or Durga Puja in Ashwin or Kathik Masa (October, commonly known as Sharadotsav in Bengal and elsewhere).

Similar to that of Sharadotsav, Basanti Puja is held during the last four days of Vasant Navratri. Some of the rituals followed in Bengal during Durga Puja are followed in North India during the Vasant Durga Puja – like worship of a Girl child (Kumari Puja) and Ghatsthapana (It literally means installing a pot which symbolizes Goddess Shakti). A Pot with image of Goddess Durga embossed on the side of it is placed in the Puja room. The pot is placed on a bed of sand. This is performed on the first day of Navratri. 

 History ~

It is believed that Lord Shri Rama changed the period of Durga Devi Puja (Durga Navratri) from Ashwin to Chaitra Masa. During the time of Ram – Ravan Yudh (the war between Lord Ram and the demon Ravana), Rama was unable to stop Ravana and wanted to seek blessings of Goddess Durga Mata. To demolish Ravana, Lord Sri Rama invoked Goddess Durga Mata during the Hindu month Ashwayuja or Ashwin (period between September or October) and thus achieved victory over Ravana.

Hindu Myhtology describes the observance of Durga Navratri in Ashwin month as Akal Bodhan or untimely invocation of Goddess Durga, as Lord Sri Rama worshipped the Goddess in untraditional Hindu month of Ashwayuja masam.

So, here I am stretching my imaginations on the canvas and inviting Maa Durga to visit my home this Navratri. And wishing all my readers a very happy and pious Vasant Navratri. 

Few information are taken from Hindu Blog.
All pictures are canvas painted by Chondryma with acrylic paint.

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