Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Jan 14: The 98 year old edifice of traditional values where religious inclinations have been nurtured and bolstered through generations of devotees, The Sakchi Durgabari on Chenab Road observed the 46th Prathisthan Divas of Lord Shiva Who is worshipped here as Baba Nilkantho. Devotees started filing in since morning into the temple on Thursday and at the dot of 9:30 am chants of the Maha Mrityunjay Mantra, “Om hom jun saha, bhurvabaha, swaha, trayambakam…” set the tone and spirit for Baba’s Prathisthan.
The Durga Bari committee members were present in full strength looking into the nitty-gritty of every requirement for the auspicious event. General secretary Shantanu Bose was manning the team of dedicated volunteers to ensure that no devotee had any room for complaint.
The puja, performed in traditional Vedic mode by home priests Biswajit Chatterjee, Ashim Chatterjee and Rabi Ratha not only reverberated across the entire temple complex but created and aura of divine delight amidst the throngs of devotees and members. Catching up with general secretary Shantanu Bose amidst the proceedings, one came to know that hectic but minute planning had gone into the organizing of the Prathisthan Divas of Ma Brahmamayi on Monday, January 11 and that of Baba Nilkantho on Thursday. Shantanu observed, ‘We want to ensure that any prayer, ritual or Utsav is performed in strict compliance to all religious texts and scriptures. The temple is for devotees and we are there to live up to their religious expectations so that the aesthetics of it all remain untarnished.”
This year, due to COVID protocols and inherent safety measures, all government and administrative norms were complied with. Devotees were reminded to maintain social distancing and not to take off their masks and volunteers moved around providing hand sanitizers among them. The contingent conditions prevailing in the city prevented the Mandir Committee from distribution of bhog on either occasion. But fruit offerings to the deities on their respective Prathisthan Divas were presented for consecration before being distributed to the devotees. However, the Committee did visit the Old Age Home in Baradwari on Sunday, januarfy 10 and presented the inmates with food essentials, sweets and fruits. The Gods could not have been happier.