New Delhi: The auspicious and much-revered pageant of Durga Puja is being celebrated with a lot fervour throughout the nation. This yr the 5-day lengthy pageant started from October 22, 2020, and can final until twenty fifth of this month, with Vijayadashami being celebrated on 25/26 (relying upon the Hindu calendar timings).
The five-day-long festivity of devotion, enjoyable and pandal-hopping additionally contains many conventional rituals and practices strictly adopted by Bengalis throughout the globe.
Right from Dhak Beats Sandhi Pujo, Dhanuchi Dance to Sindoor Khela—each historical ritual holds nice significance. If you occur to attend the Pujo on the tenth day i.e on Dashami (Vijayadashami or Dussehra), earlier than the mom goddess is ready for Visarjan, Bengali girls play with pink color and the ritual is named Sindoor Khela as a part of her farewell.
Sindoor means pink vermillion and Khela refers to play.
After the Visarjan Puja is carried out, the apply generally known as Devi Baran or Devi Boron begins the place married girls, wearing white saree with pink border carry out goddess Durga’s aarti after which apply sindoor over Maa’s brow and toes.
The goddess can be supplied sweets and betel leaves.
Then, the ladies smear sindoor on one another’s brow and that is known as Sindoor Khela. They apply the sindoor on one another’s Shankha, Pala, Noa, Conc Shell, Coral and Iron bangles worn by the women.
After enjoying with sindoor and smearing one another’s face with it, sweets are distributed as prasad. It is believed that if a girl performs Sindoor Khela ritual correctly then she’s going to by no means be a widow.
Sindoor Khela celebrates the facility of Durga—a type of Shakti in her married avatar. Just earlier than she prepares to return to the heavenly abode along with her kids—Laxmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartikeya—Sindoor Khela hails the spirit of womanhood the place girls pray for the longevity of their husband and household.