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Durga Puja in Bihar

Today is navaratri and the number nine is closely associated with the process of Creation in the cosmic time cycle. It is considered puran or complete. Any number multiplied by nine gives a figure that adds up to nine. Ratri means night. The Rigveda states that creation came about when everything was covered in the darkness of night. Navratra signifies the concept of ‘Back to Godhead’ Nav means nine and Ratri means night.


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These nine nights occur on equinoxes when the sun is vertically overhead at the equator. The Cosmic Mother is worshipped during these 9 days. The number nine is closely associated with the process of Creation in the cosmic time cycle. It is considered puran or complete. Any number multiplied by nine gives a figure that adds up to nine.Read more here.

I'm sure many Biharis will be missing the fervour and hungama of Puja Celebrations in Patna.I was just going through the various portals on Puja celebrations and some of the links are given below for readers to revive the memories of Patna during the Puja.

Patna Daily

Times of India :On Pandals :Another one

Photo Gallery by Patna Daily

Events in Patna

An interesting article appeared in TOI which talks about the unique aspect of Durga Puja pandals and replicas in Bihar.

Over 200 Muslim artisans are giving finishing touches to replicas of Hindu temples and palaces crafted here for the Durga Puja. "We have been working for 10 days to create something attractive. We feel proud as our creations give pleasure to thousands who come to offer prayers to Durga," Mohammed Abid, one of the craftsmen here, said. Muslim craftsmen have been invited from West Bengal and Jharkhand by organizers of festival committees in the hope of competing with one another this festival season, which has become highly market-driven over the years.

Without the Muslim artisans and craftsmen, we cannot think of these beautiful marquees," said a festival organiser. "We give them respect, honour and money for building these beautiful creations that add colour to the festival."


And finally my own musing on Durga Puja in Patna which was published in Times of India.

Having spent nearly 20 years in Patna it's kind of an ordeal to stay away from my home for a great festival like Durga Puja.I've vivid memories and experiences of all those years spent in Patna during the festivities. The fervour,the enthusiasm and the cross cultural,religion participation is something which makes Dussehera very special for all Patnaiya's.

For a die hard Patnaiya like me Durga Puja reminds me of the splendor and grandeur of the huge pandals and statues in Boring road,Patna City,Digha Ghat,Dak Bunglow Chowraha,Kankarbagh and Ashok Rajpath University area. The sacred and pious aroma of camphor and agarbatti is something which takes me back to my days in Patna when the start of Durga Puja was beginning of all the great celebrations ahead.


Some of the particular attraction to me is the Unique Pandals,cartoons and confluence of various religions and culture during these festivities. At present I'm in Mysore (http://www.mysoredasara.info) where Dussehera is celebrated with great fervor and lot of foreign tourists and national tourist flock to join the royal celebrations. But still my heart and soul lies in my city of youth and where my roots are. I'm missing Patna like anything on this earth.

Wishing you all a very Happy Durga Puja…



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Hi, all friends

NAVRATRI
'Nav' means 'nine' and 'ratri' means 'night', thus, 'Navratri' means 'nine nights'. There

are many legends attached to the conception of Navratri like all Indian festivals but

all of them are related to Goddess Shakti (Hindu Mother Goddess) and her various

forms. Though it is one of the most celebrated festivals of Hindu calendar, it holds

special significance for Gujratis and Bengalis and one can see it in the zeal and fervor

of the people with which they indulge in the festive activities of the season.

Thanking

http://desidirectory.com/indian-festival-events/

Hi, friend
Navratri is a Hindu festival of worship and dance. The word Navaratri literally means

nine nights in Sanskrit; Nava - Nine and Ratri - nights. During these nine nights and

ten days, nine forms of Shakti female divinity are worshipped .The 9 nights festival

of Navratri begins on the first day of Ashwina of the bright fortnight.

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All India has proud on Bihar it has gave a lot to our country. nobody can forgot it contribution towards country & world.. Definitely today it is surviving worst situation due to cast politics but situation never remains same . one day it will definitely come out with all traits ...& again lead the country.

Ravi Ranjan

Hi am ashish from patna bihar but now am in mumbai . i miss durga puja nd ma faimly & frnds.when i live in patna am walk-in,in pandal from "saptami" {it means 7th days} with ma grand fa but this year i miss that all events in patna which is organise in durga puja. If is possible can u send me photograph in this durga puja & pandals

thanks.............

hi,i am shubham from patna(BIHAR) but now am doing ENGINEERING from punjab so i can't able to live in durga puja at my homes in patna.Earlier when i was in patna at moment of durga puja i like to go to all pandalas and place where statue of durgaji is made.i miss this for last 4 yr so can u pls send me some pic of this yr at my email address.

Hi, I am sanjay kumar barnwal from jamui(bihar)and presently I am at rajpura dariba mines near udaipur(rajasthan) since 20 years in private job.I miss this festival. I heartly remember those happy days where I used to go to see this festival in my childhood,for example,jhajha,jamui,munger and patna. Your site is very very good.My children miss this festival.Happy durga puja.

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