- Posted October 5, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Worshipping Goddesses : Submission & Regression
Unfortunately , in recent times India ranks 10 among 128 countries in the matter of gender disparity . No wonder flagrant atrocities on women in the form of female foeticide , domestic violence , dowry , sexual assault etc .
Amidst this situation people continue to celebrate several female God oriented festivals and beg for blessings together in the family , temples , on worshipping dias in public places . Today , from 5th of October , Durga Puja started for nine days . On each day goddess Durga will take different incarnations and on tenth day people will set fire on the effigy of ten headed demon Ravan as a symbol of the victory of justice over injustice or victory of truth over false / myth . Then they will immerse the statue of Goddess Durga in water .
Is there a query blinks in your mind ? Nine days, how they adore the same goddess and why ?
These nine days are called NAV RATRA means Nine Days or New Days .
If we think from climatic point of view from today onwards days will be shorter than night . Gradual change in weather makes us feel smooth touch of cool breeze which will be cooler and cooler . So, we need slight change in our diet , clothing etc . This is the best occasion to start with this fete.
Day one , the embodiment is called SHAIL PUTRI which means daughter of rock/mountain . The name itself shows her strength . As wife of lord Shiva she showed her will power and devotees worship for boon of will power .
Second day , she becomes BRAHMACHARINI . It means who engages in deep devotion , keeps away from worldly pleasure and people pray for concentration , strength and grace .
On third day , she becomes CHANDRA GHANTA meaning bell of the moon . People adore to get only good news all over the year .
Fourth day is the day of KUSMANDA . It means creator of the world . On this day devotees pray to get rid of all diseases and have prosperity .
Fifth day , she called as SKANDAMATA . Which means mother of salvation . On this day her divine power wakens consciousness to do something good .
Sixth day , Durga becomes KATYAYANI . This name refers who takes away her venerators miseries .
Seventh day , her incarnation known as KALARATRI . It means dark or dangerous night . common belief that on this night utterance of her name abolishes all difficulties .
Day eighth idolized as MAHA GAURI . On this day devotees wish to get rid of all their sins and accomplish whatever they wish.
Nith day is the day of SIDHIDATRI . She fulfills all prayers of her votaries .
Durga worshipped sitting on a lion . It epitomizes even a terrible animal Lion respects female potential .
Lets relate hypocrisy of religious belief , worshipping goddesses and what happens with flesh and blood females in real life . For sure , both men and women are responsible for this pretence and deplorable condition . In a society where one woman dies each hour for dowry or domestic violence . In real life those men , supernaturalists never tolerate a self-esteemed woman . They always use them as an object and pressurize to become second rated human beings . Most of the women are so accustomed with this rotten practice that they do not dare to keep their self-respect on the other hand resort to short cut way and satisfy male counterparts by physical attention and climb the ladder . This is the open secret of the society . Since these type of men and women are not aware of self –esteem they do not pay respect to others decisions and never shy away to pour their dirty nose in others life, harm others , grab others legitimate rights . They build their own rancid culture and sink next generation within their narrow well of ignorance and deceive .
Where are all these characteristics in goddess Durga ? How honest these people who are commemorating this pompous ceremony for ten long days ? Do they have ten minutes to think who they are , what , why & how demonic the are !
Durga is not a western or modern concept but stand tall for all noble qualities . Since she has prong in her hand can a man call her a male deity ? But ill minded people never hesitate to call a brave woman ’ a man’ while other lady who indulges with them physically showered with all facilities .
Do these people understand the culture they call their own ? Does the character of goddess Durga gives the message of where and how to be submissive or regressive ?
Inception of a good idea reflects in good deeds . Should not they try it on this sacred ceremony ?