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Jagaddhatri Puja is one of the important festivals celebrated mainly in the Hooghly district of West Bengal. It is also known as Dhatri Pooja and Jagadamba Puja. The festival of Jagaddhatri Puja is celebrated in the splendid manner on the ninth day of the moonlit fortnight in the month of Kartik or November and the date depends on the Bengali calendar. Jagadhatri Puja 2012 date is November 22.
Goddess Jagadhatri

As Jagadhatri, Goddess Durga is the protector of the earth. In Sanskrit and Bengali, the word 'Jagaddhatri' literally means 'Holder (dhatri) of the World (Jagat)' In Tantra and Purana, Jagaddhatri is depicted as being the colour of the morning sun, three-eyed and four-armed, holding Chakra, conch, bow andarrow, clothed in red, bright jewels and nagajangopaveeta, a symbol of Yoga and the Brahman. She rides a lion standing on the dead Karindrasura, the Elephant Demon.

In the form of Goddess Jagadhatri she is caring and showers motherly love on her devotees. This is one of the mild and happy forms of Goddess Durga. According to Sri Ramakrishna, “(Jagaddhatri) holds the World. If she wouldn’t, the World might fall down.

Devotees worship and celebrate reincarnation of goddess Durga in the name of Jagaddhatri and create the splendid ambiance with high festive spirits. The festival is also celebrated at Chandannagar, Krishnanagar, Nadia and Kolkata after Durga Puja and Kali Puja in the month of Kartik.

Sri Sarada Devi as Jagaddhatri
The festival was initiated by Sarada Devi, Sri Ramakrishna’s wife who was believed to be reincarnation of the Goddess and still observed with high spirits in the centres of the Ramkrishna Mission all over the world.

The Puja is popularly called as the reincarnation of goddess Durga, the savior to destroy evil and set peace on the earth.The festival is celebrated in the grandiose manner by setting huge idols of the Goddess Jagaddhatri in spectacular pandals amidst stunning illumination. The idol of goddess is decked up beautifully by red clothes and ornaments. The goddess is also presented garland around the neck.

The idol is made similar to that of Goddess Durga as Goddess Jagaddhatri also holds a conch and a bow in her two left hands and in her two right hands, a chakra and a five-headed arrow and Her mount is a tiger.

Passages from Chandi, the sacred text, are recited on this day and later the image of the goddess is immersed as in durga puja. Devotees gather together to worship the Goddess and celebrate the occasion with full devotion.

As per ancient Pauranik lore of the Hindu scriptures, soon after the victory over Mahishasur the Devatas became highly egoistic. They thought because of lending to Durga their instruments the mighty asuras were vanquished. To make them understand that the primordial power is alone behind every action, theBrahman appeared before the Devatas in the form of effulgent Yaksha.

Bewildered by its presence one by one the Devatas approached Yaksha. First the god of wind Vayu. The Yaksha asked him what he could do. The Vayu replied that he could throw away huge trees, tumble high mountains. The Yaksha then placed a small grass and asked him to move it. The Vayu utilised all his powers but lo! he could not even displace it. So also the god of fire Agni, could not even burn it. Likewise one by one the Devatas failed.

And it dawned on them that their powers are in reality not their own but derived from the supreme power who as protecting mother holds the entire creation and therefore called Jagaddhatri. Anybody who worships Jagaddhatri becomes absolutely egoless and a true servant of the world which is nothing but a manifestation of the Brahman.

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