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Belur Math's unique Durga Puja now live on internet

Publish Date: 19 Oct 2012, 02:48 PM
Last Updated: 19 Oct 2012, 02:51 PM
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Belur Math’s Durga Puja live on internet
Belur Math’s Durga Puja live on internet

Belur (WB): Devotees all over the world will now be able to watch the unique Durga Puja of Belur Math, where a young girl is worshipped along with the Goddess, as the Ramakrishna Mission has decided to stream it live on internet.

With eight hi-tech cameras covering diverse angles and a running English and Bengali commentary, all ceremonies, rituals and celebrations will be streamed live on the website www.belurmath.tv from Saturday, a monk-in-charge of the website department said.

"This initiative has been taken so that all those who cannot personally attend the Durga Puja, particularly those living outside Bengal, can be a part of the prayers. We will also have repeat telecast," the monk told reporters.

So far, the Puja was shown live only on the state-run television channel Doordarshan. Started in 1901 by philosopher-saint Swami Vivekananda at the headquarters of the monastic order here, a few KMs away from Kolkata, Belurmath's Durga Puja attracts thousands of devotees each year for being the only one of its kind.

Known as the "Kumari Puja", a young girl worshipped ritually during the Durga Puja. On the day of Ashtami, the same kind of offerings made to the Goddess is given to the 'Kumari' also, and finally 'Aarti' is performed in elaborate ritualistic style.

Even senior monks offer flowers at her feet. During his lifetime Vivekananda had also performed "Kumari Puja" to create awareness on the potential divinity of women and ensure a respectful attitude towards them.

(Agencies)

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