Jamshedpur : Former Chief Minister Arjun Munda replaced the scoop from his usual golf club. Munda looked just as confident as he served delicacies during Kali Puja bhog to guests at his Ghurabandha residence this morning. Like every year this year too, the former CM worshiped Maa Kali at his residence and himself distributed bhog to the devotees.
Talking to the newsmen on the occasion he said “Today is the auspicious occasion. I extend my warm greetings to the people of Jharkhand on the occasion of Kali Puja and Chhath.
Meanwhile since early morning, party leaders, corporate honchos and well wishers poured into the chief ministerís residence where Kali Puja is celebrated in a big way traditionally.
Former CM Arjun Munda organised the puja at his paternal house in Jamshedpur to seek the blessing of the goddess for the development and prosperity of the State.
The surprise on the faces of many was evident as they stood with folded hands to greet the chief minister, only to have him come up and serve them food personally.
The bhog had been cooked through the night as Munda and his family took part in the puja at his sprawling residence. The entire Munda clan turned up on the occasion.
The Kali Puja is an annual affair organised by the Mundas for over 16 years now, with mother Saira and brother Bhim Singh also taking active interest in the proceedings. But, obviously, Arjun Mundaís political rise has upped the ante.
The festival of lights, Diwali, also marks the beginning for worship of deity, Goddess Gusto and enthusiasm for Kali Puja in city is same as seen for Diwali. Performing the Puja with faith devotees seek protection against drought and war and blessings of general happiness, health and prosperity.
Houses are decorated and elaborate Rangoli pattern are drawn in front of houses and courtyard. Elaborate Kali Puja is carried out during the evening at the pandals.
As Goddess Kali is regarded as the Goddess to be feared members of Bengali community leave no stone unturned in carrying out a special puja for her. Through Puja people seek happiness, prosperity and protection against hardships.
According to Hindu mythology Goddess Kali is the first of the ten incarnations of Goddess Durga.
Depicted with a fierce face and terrifying look Goddess Kali is regarded as the more aggressive form of Goddess Durga. The image of Kali usually shows her foot on Lord Shiva’s chest, a severed head in one hand, her sword in the other and wearing a garland of skulls. Kali is worshiped as the Mother Goddess who is known to destroy all evil and is a fierce fighter for the cause of justice.
In Jamshedpur a number of Kali Puja pandals were constructed for the occasion. The pandals were inaugurated amidst enthusiasm.
” Kali puja is also an important occasion for us and every year we look forward to celebrate in traditionally. A massive pandal have been constructed for the occasion. The festival is usually celebrated during the Diwali,” Tapas Sen, senior functionary of Five Star Kali Puja Committee in Pursudih.
He said that though the pomp and show during Durga Puja is much higher but the devotion and festivities for Kali Puja are none the less.
Meanwhile a number of Kali puja pandals have been constructed at Sonari, Burmamines and Pursudih.