Saturday, December 2, 2023

Arjun Munda plays host on Kali Puja, devotees offer prayers to the Goddess

Jamshedpur: Maintaining more than the 19-year-old tradition former Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Thursday played a perfect host at the Maa Kali Puja celebration at his residence in Ghodabandha. The senior leader organised the puja and he distributed bhog to the devotees. Senior leaders and corporate offifcials participated in it.

On the occasion, Munda extended his 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 former Chief Minister�s residence where Kali Puja is celebrated in a big way traditionally.

Munda every year organises the puja at his paternal house in Jamshedpur to seek the blessing of the goddess. The Kali Puja is an annual affair organised by the Mundas for over 19 years now, with his brother Bhim Singh also taking active interest in the proceedings.

Wearing traditional off-white kurta and pyjama with blue bundy, Munda interacted with his guests, exchanging pleasantries with all, laughing over shared jokes.

Then the former chief minister took upon the task of serving bhog, cajoling his guests into having generous helpings of puri, sabji, kheer, khichdi and begun bhaja. Other items on the menu were mixed vegetables and chutney.

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.

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