Jagaddhatri Puja Chandannagar & Krishnanagar 2016

As the Name Jagaddhatri mean one who hails the world. According to puran Devi Jagaddhatri is an incarnation of Devi Durga. But rides on lion and has four hands. She is beleived to demolish Karindrasur who is seen in the form of elephant below her foot.
After the defeat of Mahisasura, all Gods in heaven became jeoleous that because of there weapons Devi Durga had killed Asuras. At that time Devi Jagaddhatri evolved to remove the pride among the Gods and to prove she is the pioneer of Creation/destruction.
She is the symbol of power, strength, will and determination. Her 4 weapons are conch, bow, arrow and chakra in each hand. Conch symbolizes God in the form of sound, ‘Om’, bow and arrow stands for sheer energy and her control over the world and chakra is used to destroy evil. She is dressed in red and jewellery and is decorated with kumkum and kajal. She is also known as Karindrasuranisudini, which means the slayer of the Elephant Demon and Maheswari.
Devi is is a symbol of sattva, respectably signified with Tamas and Rajas.

Lucky this year to view this grand festival both in Chandannagar and Krishnanagar city. Each puja has its own speciality.

Devi who helds the World…Jagadhatri a form of Durga…puja starts on Kartick Shukla Navami, i.e. the ninth day of the month of Kartick. Jagadhatri puja was initiated by Sarada ma, wife of Sri Ramakrishna. The puja was propagated as ‘Shakti Puja’, to overcome evils in our minds, and devils who exist in the society.

Jagaddhatri Puja Chandannagar & Krishnanagar 2016

The history of the puja is well linked in Bengal around two destinations, viz. Krishna Nagar and Chandannagar. This puja started with by one Indranarayan Choudhury, the then Zamindar (landlord) of Chandannagar,from 1713. Similarly, Raja Krishnachandra started this puja in Krishna Nagar, and the puja, became famous in the year 1762 and onwards.
The Devi is said to represent the supreme Truth of life. It is believed that Maharaja Krishna Chandra was responsible for spreading Jagaddhatri Puja in Bengal in around 1757.
Indranarayan Chowdhury introduced the Jagaddhatri Puja in Chandannagar in the manner King Krishnachandra introduced it in Krishnanagore. Jagaddhatri Puja in Krishnanagore started from the year 1762 while Jagaddhatri puja in Chandannagar dates back around 1750. Indranarayan Choudhury performed the Jagaddhatri puja at his own residence in Chandannagar.
The difference between Goddess Durga and Jagaddhatri occur in ‘Mayatantra’ and Jagaddhatri is mentioned with reference to Durga in Krishnanda’s ‘Tantasaar’.
Raja Krishna Chandra Roy of Krishnanagar first performed Jagadhatri Puja in Nadia district. It is said that in 1763, Nawab Alivardi Khan arrested Raja Krishna Chandra Roy since he was unable to pay the required tax of his kingdom. He was kept a prisoner at Munger.Then, when the British attacked Munger in the same year, Raja Krishna Chandra escaped from there in a small fishing boat. As he kept moving towards his kingdom in his boat, he saw the immersion of Durga idols being held and realised that it was Dashami, the last day of “the Pujas”. He wasfilled with grief as no Durga Puja had taken place in his ‘Rajbari’ (palace) back home in Krishnanagar.As he fell asleep in his boat, thinking about this, he saw a beautiful lady with four hands, seated on a lion, carrying a conch shell, chakra, bow and arrow in each hand respectively. She told him, “Don’t be upset, worship me in this form on the forthcoming ‘Shukla Saptami, Asthami, Nabami tithi’ (dates) when you return home and then your Durga Puja will be complete”.When Raja Krishna Chandra woke up, he realised it was a dream, but he decided to make the dream come true.So, as the Raja returned to his hometown, he prepared the idol of the goddess he saw in his dream, named it Ma Jagadhatri and thus completed his Durga Puja.The diwan of ChandanNagar at that time, IndraNarayan Chowdhury, was a friend of Raja Krishna Chandra Roy. Invited to KrishnaNagar by his friend on Jagadhatri Puja, and on witnessing it, he was filled with a desire to introduce the puja in ChandanNagar also.