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Akal Bodhon Puja Vidhi and Vrat Katha - Know the Rituals and Significance of Akal Bodhon

Akal Bodhon Puja Vidhi and Akal Bodhon Vrat Katha
The celebration of Ramlila also begins as soon as Navratri begins. Ramlila also has a different shade in the entire Hindustan where Durga Puja is organized. This is the time when Lord Rama killed Ravana and good triumphs over evil and then this story is staged as Ramlila for ages. It is said that Ramlila is being staged since Treta Yuga and today it is also staged in Kali Yuga.

But one thing that is not shown in all this is famine awareness. What is famine awareness? The call of Maa Durga in Ashwin month is called Kaal Bodhan. It is made up of two Sanskrit words, Akal i.e. untimely and Bodhan or Awahana or Pujan. Actually, Navratri comes twice a year, a Chaitra Navratra or Basanti Puja, and a Navratri i.e. Durga Puja to be held in a Sharat period.


When Maryada Purushottam Ram had to rescue his wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana, he worshiped Mother Durga during the Sharat period before going to Lanka. You will not find mention in Valmiki's Ramayana, but it is mentioned in the Puranas. Goddess Durga was the revered goddess of the state of Lanka. Lord Rama wanted to get permission from Goddess Durga before entering the state of Lanka. Sri Rama worshiped Maa Durga as Yajaman.

During this time 108 Neel Kamal was needed to satisfy the Goddess. Even after searching in the entire universe, Maryada Purushottam was able to find only 107 Neel Kamal, when he offered one of his eyes to the goddess to complete the puja. Mother Durga was very happy to see Lord Rama's loyalty, devotion and truth and gave her the victory of victory.

This war against Ravana started on Saptami Tithi and Ravana was killed in the Ashtami-Navami ceremony and the war was over. Since then, the practice of Lord Rama started till today, devotees have been celebrating with great enthusiasm even today.
The day of Kalparambha is also referred to as the day of Akal Bodhon which implies premature invocation of Goddess Durga. Traditionally goddess Durga was worshipped throughout Chaitra month of Hindu calendar even now goddess Durga can also be worshipped for 9 days throughout Chaitra month and this era is named Chaitra Navratri however with time Chaitra Navratri has become less significant compare to Sharad Navratri.

According to Hindu beliefs, it was Lord Rama Who performed Akal Bodhon of goddess Durga earlier than waging a struggle against demon Ravana Lord Rama sought the blessing of goddess Durga earlier than beginning the battle to rescue his spouse Sita. It is believed that this premature invocation of the goddess Durga began the tradition of Sharad Navratri and Durga puja.

Kalparambha during Durga Puja is symbolically the same as Ghatasthapana or Kalashsthapana Which is finished on the pratipada tithi of Navratri three days Durga puja in West Bengal is a smaller model of 9 days Navratri which is generally followed in different states. The religious books suggest 7 days Navratri, 5 days Navratri, 3 days Navratri, 2 days Navratri, or even 1 day Navratri as an alternative to 9 days Navratri.

Akal Bodhon Puja Vidhi: Method of worship

• A Kalash or pot is put in on the base of the sacred Bel tree.
• Prayers and mantras are recited to awaken Devi Durga 'Abidas' is a ritual for invoking the title of goddess Durga it's a symbolical set up of goddess Durga within the bilva tree which can also be sanctified by providing prayers.
• After ‘Adibas,’ Goddess Durga is invited to simply accept the Navpatrika Puja to be carried out on the subsequent day.

Akal Bodhon Vrat Katha: Story of Akal Bodhon

There isn't any clear report as to the precise historical past of the Durga Puja competition. The first point out of the puja dates again to the Ramayana. It is believed that Lord Rama invoked Durga earlier than leaving to battle in opposition to Ravana the goddess was historically worshipped in spring however he needed to invoke her throughout autumn when she was in deep slumber. In fact, this time of the yr is taken into account inauspicious in line with Hindu mythology, therefore, that is termed as Akal bodhon which in Bengali actually means "untimely awakening" or "invocation"

The most auspicious time for the goddess' worship falls within the month of Chaitra which arrives roughly between march or April additionally termed because the uttorayan this coincides with the time of the spring equinox. The dakshinayan is taken into account to be the resting time for gods and goddesses this extends for all the winter solstice which is the time interval between 23rd June and 22nd December yearly

According to krittibas' Ramayan, the battle between Rama and Ravana saved raging for some days Rama succeeded in slaying Ravana into two halves nonetheless a boon from Brahma enabled Ravana to regain his distinctive kind. Ravana then started to worship Devi Ambika requesting her to assist him in his battle in opposition to Rama the Devi instantly obliged and joined Ravana on his chariot

Vibishana then recommended to Rama that he ought to attempt to appease Durga by providing her 108 blue lotuses and praying to her. At Rama's behest, Hanuman Flew to debidaha the one area the place he may discover the lotuses gathering the lotuses Rama began his worship of the goddess to his dismay however there have been only 107 lotuses. Rama promptly proceeded to drag out certainly one of his personal lotus eyes to supply to the Devi this happy Devi Durga who instantly appeared earlier than him and stopped him from this act.

Rama started the Puja on Shashti or the 6th day of Ashwin. The goddess gave him darshan on the Ashtami or the eighth day on the beginning of the ninth day she entered Rama's weapons and thus enabled him to slay Ravana on the Dashami or the 10th day
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