Kalparambha Rituals, Importance and Significance
Kalparambha and Akal Bodhon are rituals that are observed on Shashti Tithi and mark the beginning of Durga Puja festivities in West Bengal. In other states, this ritual is known as Bilva Nimantran.
The ritual of Kalparambha is observed a day prior to Navpatrika Puja which is also known as Kolabou Puja.
How is Kalparambha Ritual performed?
The most auspicious time to observe the Kalparambha ritual is early morning. This custom involves installing a pot or a Kalash filled with water, invoking Goddess Durga in a Bilva tree and taking a Sankalp to perform the Durga Puja by following all the necessary customs and practices in the most religious manner for the next three days i.e. Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami and Maha Navami.
The ritual of Ghatasthapna on the first day of Navratri is similar to the ritual of Kalparambha.