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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The mother arrives

This is again that time of the year when a look at the sky elicits in us a kind of pleasant feeling. The white clouds in the blue sky resemble small pieces of cotton. The paddy fields are completely filled with "Kashful". It's so refreshing. The mother is coming after one year with her children!

"Ja devi sarva bhuteshu shakti rupena sanhsthita
Namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namo namaha"

Durga Puja is a great festival among the Bengalees. It has a kind of emotional attachment with us, an attachment which started at the time of our birth and will end only at that opportune moment when we have the pleasure to leave this world of material desires. It all starts with the Mahalaya, when we give 'pitri-tarpan' on the holy banks of the Ganges, we offer our heartfelt prayers to our ancestors. The day also marks the remarkable presentation by Sri Birendrakrishna Bhadra which consists of slokas from Sri Chondi and devotional songs by artists of calibre.

This sets the tone for the Pujas. No less remarkable is the fact that this particular radio programme was started in the 1940s. It was an instant hit then and even today, we listen to it with the same sort of interest and devotion as our earlier generations used to do. The content has been same and even most of the song sequences (with a very few minor modifications here and there).

Anyways, I was thinking about what to ask from The Mother this time around. Well, I would ask for peace, love, brotherhood and happiness.

"Mother, will you be kind enough to grant all of these, please!"

Photo reference: http://www.indian-cooking.info/Festivals/DurgaPuja/

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