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Ramakrishna Mission observes Kumari Puja on Maha Astami
TIWN Oct 6, 2019
Ramakrishna Mission observes Kumari Puja on Maha Astami
PHOTO : Ramakrishna Mission observes Kumari Puja on Maha Astami. TIWN Pic Oct 6, 2019

AGARTALA, Oct 6 (TIWN): Ramakrishna Mission today organized Kumari Puja, the worship of a girl as the goddess Durga.

The rituals began in the morning with Kumari Puja where girls are worshipped as the goddess. Kumari Puja was started by Swami Vivekananda in 1901 to underline the importance of women in the society.

The girl who is worshipped symbolises the power that regulates creation, stability and destruction on the earth. The young girl fasts until the puja is over. She is made to sit before the goddess's idol on a decorated chair with priests chanting hymns and drums being played in the background.

After the puja, the divinity of the goddess descends into the girl, said a monk of Ramakrishna Mission. As per Hindu mythology, goddess Durga killed Chando and Mundo, two demons at the confluence (Sandhi) of Mahashtami and Mahanavami.

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