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Jagaddhatri Puja is the most popular and important festival of West Bengal. As per the Hindu calendar, Jagadhatri Puja is a four day festival that commence from the 7th day of Shukla Paksha of Kartik month and lasts till the 10th day of the same month. Some people refer it as the Second ‘Maa Durga Puja’ because the Jagdhatri Puja celebration is similar to ‘Durga Puja’. Jagadhatri Puja is celebrated with immense glee and joy in West Bengal. Jagaddhatri or Jagadhatri ('the Protector of the World') is a form of the Hindu goddess Durga Devi.
Jagaddhatri Puja Date:
Jagaddhatri Puja 2017 Date – October 27 to October 30, 2017
Jagaddhatri Puja 2018 Date – November 15 to November 18, 2018
Jagaddhatri Puja 2019 Date - November 03 to November 07, 2019
Jagaddhatri Puja 2020 Date – November 21 to November 24, 2020
Jagaddhatri Puja 2021 Date – November 11 to November 13, 2021`
Jagaddhatri Puja 2022 Date - October 31 to November 03, 2022
Jagaddhatri Puja festival was started by Sarada Devi, Sri Ramakrishna’s wife who was believed to be the reincarnation of the Goddess and still observed with high spirits in the Ramkrishna Mission centers. Huge Pandals and beautiful statue of Jagadhatri are decorated with flowers and lights. Jagaddhatri idols are decked up with gold ornaments and red saree. If you see the statue of Jagadhatri, you will not find Mahisasura. So, basically Jagadhatri is a calm form of Maa Durga.
Like most of other Hindu deities, Mata Jagaddhatri is also famous with other names like Maheswari (the Great Goddess), Adharabhuta (the Bearer of the World), Karindrasuranisudini (Slayer of the Elephant Demon), Shaktacharpriya (the Goddess worshipped in accordance with the practices of the Sakta sect of Shaktism or Hinduism), etc.
In Sanskrit, Assamse and Bengali the word 'Jagaddhatri' factually means 'Holder (Dhatri) of the World (Jagat)'. Sri Ramakrishna and his consort Sarada Devi described, “Jagaddhatri” as the Goddess who holds and protects our World. This description can be applied for both Goddess Durga and Jagaddhatri. That is why in the hymns, the Goddess Durga is always referred to as ‘Jagaddhatri Durga. Anybody who worships Maa Jagaddhatri becomes totally egoless and a faithful person which is a manifestation of the Brahman.
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