Patna man paying obeisance to Goddess Durga in a unique way

November 14th, 2007 - 2:14 am ICT by admin  
Patna, Oct.14 (ANI): A devotee of Goddess Durga in Patna has placed seven “Kalash”or, earthen pots, half-filled with water on his chest to pay obeisance to Goddess Durga during the ongoing Navaratras, the nine-day festival of Hindus.

Fifty-year-old Bharat Rai will remain lying on floor for all nine days of festivities here at a temple located in Patna’s Mohan Puria area. He will remain on fast, abstaining from eating and drinking.

“I feel that “Durga Ma” (mother Durga) gives me the strength and confidence to place seven Kalash on my chest for nine days. Otherwise, it’s impossible for me. I keep on visualising Durga Ma. She keeps blessing me every minute,” said Bharat Rai.

Bharat’s unusual form of paying obeisance has drawn many people from different part of Patna city.

“Everybody worships Goddess Durga, but I heard about this devotee of Goddess who would keep these Kalashas for all the nine days. It is not possible for a normal person. The ones having the blessings of Durga can perform something like this,” said Archna, a devotee.

Bharat is said to have been carrying on with such form of worship for past four years.

“Baba (Bharat) is placing such Kalash for the past few years but earlier he used to place two or three Kalash but this year he has been trying seven Kalash all together. We are blessed to see him,” said Diwakar Kumar, an onlooker and devotee.

Celebrated over a period of nine nights and ten days to worship Goddess Durga during Ashwin Shukla Paksha as per Hindu almanac, Navratras are a major religious festival for all Hindus, as many of them fast during these days. (ANI)

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