Jagadhatri Puja in Chandannagar 2015

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.

Chandernagore also known as Chandannagar
Beautiful Chanannagar (also called Chandernagore)

Image Courtesy: flickr

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.

Mukherjee House Chandernagore Boro Champa Tola
Thakur Dalan of Mukherjee House, Boro Champa Tola, Chandannagar

Image Courtesy: flickr

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 Images

  • 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.

Jagadhatri Puja Chandernagore 2015 Murti Pratima 1 1
Notice the different types of chaal (background). They all differ in texture, color as well as design.

Jagadhatri Puja Chandernagore 2015 Murti Pratima 2 1
Jagadhatri Puja Chandernagore 2015 Murti Pratima 3 2a

Traditionally, Jagadhatri is depicted as having the colour of the morning sun. She stands on a dead elephant-demon called Karindrasura.
Jagadhatri Puja Chandernagore 2015 Murti Pratima 4 1

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).

Jagadhatri Puja Chandernagore 2015 Murti Pratima 5 1

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 2015 Lighting 1 1

Jagadhatri Puja Chandannagar Lighting in a typical Lane

Jagadhatri Puja Chandernagore 2015 Lighting 2 1
Buddhist Theme

Jagadhatri Puja Chandannagar 2015 Lighting 4 1
Lane Entrance

Jagadhatri Puja Chandernagore 2015 Lighting 5 1
Colorful Lights looking Wonderful against the dark backdrop

Jagadhatri Puja Chandannagar Hooghly District 2015 Lighting 6 1

Light Reflections

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Subhodeep Mukhopadhyay

I am an independent Management Consultant. In my previous corporate career, I have worked in Banking, Private Equity and Software industry. I like doing equity research and financial analysis in my free time. I also enjoy reading and writing on history and current affairs related matters.

16 thoughts on “Jagadhatri Puja in Chandannagar 2015

    • November 26, 2015 at 6:44 am
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      Thanks a lot!

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  • November 26, 2015 at 9:11 pm
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    Had been to Chandannagar a few years back to attend this great festivity. The idols are enormous and gorgeous, so are the lightings. Chandannagor is famous for its innovation in lightings anyway 🙂 Thanks for presenting some superb glimpses… daarun chhobi..sobgulo.. 🙂

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    • December 30, 2015 at 1:07 pm
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      Thanks a lot for the comment! I am so glad you liked them. And please accept my apologies for the late reply.

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  • November 28, 2015 at 4:58 am
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    Wow! Thanks for showing these.
    I had been to this place once for a few hours.

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    • January 11, 2016 at 6:33 pm
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      Thanks!

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  • November 28, 2015 at 9:04 pm
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    The first photograph of the lake is very nice. monochrome adds to the coolness.

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    • January 11, 2016 at 6:33 pm
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      Thanks a lot. It was taken by my cousin who is a very good photographer.

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  • December 9, 2015 at 6:50 pm
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    I haven’t been to Chandannagar but have heard so much about the light shows. The place looks beautiful too.

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    • December 30, 2015 at 1:08 pm
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      Thanks a lot. Jagadhatri Puja is indeed a big thing there. Thanks and sorry for the late response!

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  • January 9, 2016 at 2:53 am
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    Hi, Subhodeep. Wonderful Pics of jagadhatri puja. i am not living in Kolkata but miss it lot. I am also feeling proud to be a Bengali as our culture is full of joy and happiness.

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    • January 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm
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      Thank you very much Vishwajeet.

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  • May 17, 2017 at 6:58 am
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    Hi ,

    It was a very interesting read. But I was intrigued by the fact that “Mukherjee House” is your ancestral house. I am writing a story where the characters live in Chandannagar. Could you please help me in that ? If yes then please reply in my email Id nitabajoria@gmail.com.

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