Akal Bodhon Rituals, Importance, and Significance
What is Akal Bodhon?
The ritual of Kalparambha is then followed by Bodhon. Bodhon implies awakening. So, this ritual is basically awakening Goddess Durga symbolically.
As per Hindu scriptures, all the Gods and Goddesses sleep during Dakshiyana which is a period of 6 months. And, Durga Puja falls during the middle of this phase, so, the devotees have to awaken Goddess Durga before they worship her.
The ritual of Bodhon was first time observed by Lord Rama, who before fighting Ravana, wanted to worship Goddess Durga. This ritual is also known as Akal Bodhon because there is no specific time to invoke Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga is invoked untimely which is why this ritual is known as Akal Bodhon
What are the rituals of Akal Bodhon?
Akal Bodhon is the ritual to awaken Goddess Durga for worshipping her during the Durga Puja celebrations.
- First, a Kalash is placed at the base of a Bilva tree.
- Then, prayers are offered to awaken Maa Durga.
The 3-Day Durga Puja celebration in West Bengal is basically Navratri festival which is followed in other states but just in a smaller form.
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