Today I will talk about festivities and celebrations of Jagadhatri Puja in Chandannagar in 2015.
Jagaddhatri also spelled as Jagadhatri (Devnagri: जगद्धात्री, Bengali: জগদ্ধাত্রী) literally means She Who Holds the World or the Protector of the World. She is a form of Devi Durga. She is highly revered in West Bengal, especially in Chandernagore (my ancestral place, a former French colony in Hooghly District, 30 km North off Kolkata) which has the biggest celebration of Jagaddhatri Puja in India.
The epicentre of the festival is in Chandannagar, where it is celebrated for four days with much greater grandeur and fanfare.
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People come from different parts of India to Chandannagar to enjoy the superb light works. There is also a lot of excitement in my ancestral house in Boro Champa Tola.
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Jagadhatri Puja in Chandannagar
The origins of Jagaddhatri Puja in Chandannagar date back to as early as 1750. It is believed that Indranarayan Choudhury, a local zamindar in Chandannagar started performing Jagadhatri Puja at his home. He was closely associated with Raja Krishnachandrachandra of Krishnanagar who later introduced the Puja in Krishnanagar.
To know more about Jagadhatri Puja read my detailed article in The Advaitist called Jagaddhatri Stotram and Jagadhatri Puja.
- Jagadhatri is a popular form of Durga.
- Jagadhatri Debi rides a lion.
- She has 4 arms each holding a conch, discus, shaft and bow.
- Her face is longish with large eyes that spread upto the ears.
- The snake is her sacred thread.
Below I present some images of Devi Jagadhatri from different places in Chandannagar as taken by my relatives.
However Jagadhatri is also a symbol of sattva, hence she is also depicted as white. Durga and Kali, symbolising respectively Rajas and Tamas are her counterpart in terms of guna (quality).
Story of Goddess Jagadhatri
After Goddess Durga killed Mahishasura, the Gods started believing that since they had given their powers to the Goddess She was able to vanquish the demon. This made them arrogant.
To destroy this arrogance, Brahma appeared before them in form of a Yaksha. He put a blade of grass in front of the Gods and asked them to destroy it.
The Fire God, Agni could not burn it.
The God of Air, Vayu could not move it.
And so on.
So they finally realized that their powers are derived from the ultimate source of power, Shakti who is the supreme Goddess. She upholds the universe with Her powers and hence called Jagaddhatri. Source.
Jagadhatri Puja Light Show in Chandannagar
Chandannagar is world famous for lighting during Jagadhatri Puja, and people from different parts of the world come to Chandannagar to see the amazing lighting.
Jagadhatri Puja Chandannagar Lighting in a typical Lane
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