Festivals of India in the month of October
Bijoya Dashami and Dashera
Friends, Yesterday (26.10.2012) was Bijoya Dashami; the curtains were finally drawn on the five-day long Durga Puja festival, millions of Bengalis across India will brave the crowds and go to nearby ghats (bank of river) to immerse idols of goddess Durga with her four children Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesha. Devotees irrespective of men, women and children are joining long processions to bid their farewell to Ma Durga as the water beckons her. In the recent years however, most of the community pujas have started postponing the farewell as long as possible to arrange a grand send-off later.
|Visarjan or immersion|
Vijayadashami is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated in various forms, across India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Visarjan or immersion of the Goddess marks the official end of Puja, with the priest removing the ghot (clay pot) on which the pranpratistha was done. The mirror ceremony across the country takes place in the morning with a mirror being floated in a pot of water and a glimpse of the Devi’s reflection is seen as she departs. The mirror is then upturned and the thread around the four sticks surrounding the ghot broken.