- 13 men wear sari and put pallu on their heads and worship mother Jagadhatri
- The practice has been carried out continuously for 229 years, this is how this practice started.
A wonderful Jagdhatri Puja was organized in Chandannagar of Hooghly district. Contrary to the tradition of the goddess Varan from centuries of Bengali culture, on Sunday immersion day, the cult of Mother Jagadhatri with vermilion and paan was performed not by women but by men wearing saris.
13 men dressed in saris and put pallu on their heads and blessed Mother Jagadhatri. Hundreds of devotees gathered inside and outside the mandap facility to witness this scene.
In this regard, Shrikant Mandal, the patron of the Puja Committee, said that under British rule, 229 years ago, after dark, women did not leave their homes out of fear. Then the ancestors of the organizer of this puja carried out the tradition of worshiping Mother Jagadhatri by wearing a sari and this tradition continues even today.
Because of this, the practice began
The directors of the Puja Committee say that some 250 years ago, the house of the daughter of King Krishnachandra Dewan Dataram South Bengal was in Gourhati of Chandannagar, where Mother Jagadhatri was worshiped. Later, due to financial constraints, the king’s daughter transferred this cult to the local people in the form of Tetultala Jagadhatri Puja.
At that time, the purdah system for women was prevalent in the families of kings and zamindars. Women were not allowed to participate in any social work. Along with this, the fear of British rule was also on the minds of women.
For this reason, on the day of Mother Jagadhatri’s immersion in the Gourhati royal family of Chandannagar, the men took the initiative to complete the selection process for Mother Jagadhatri by wearing saris and placing pallu on the head. Since then, the practice continues even today.
Input: report by Bhola Nath Saha de Hooghly