Vishwadeep De: Durga Puja begins in autumn as a result of Sri Ram’s premature birth. Who does not know this! But as many unknown stories spread about this premature understanding, we do not follow it. One of them is that Ravana was a priest in the worship of Ramachandra. Yes, such stories can be heard in books.
no Valmiki Ramayana mentions this puja of Ramachandra. But Kritivas Ojha has written in detail about Akal Bodhan. Also mentioned in Devi Bhagavata Purana and Kalika Purana. Moreover, there was a shift in language from Punthi to Punthi, addition of new events. Then different stories are mixed in folk practice.
[আরও পড়ুন: অল্প সুরাপান স্বাস্থ্যের পক্ষে ভাল! মদের বোতলে ‘সতর্কবার্তা’ লেখার আরজি খারিজ সুপ্রিম কোর্টের]
But why did Ravana become the priest of Rama’s untimely death? He did not know that Ramachandra wanted to kill him and save Sita. Why did Rakshasaraj want to ensure his death? Before that, one more thing can be said.
Many may wonder how Ravana became a Brahmin. Actually Ravana’s father Visrava Muni was a Brahmin. So Ravana is a Brahmin even though he is the son of the demon Kaiksi. It does not end there, he was versed in various scriptures including the four Vedas. Ravana, who was well versed in Sanskrit, learned and performed the Trisandya Gayatri before his death and was therefore considered a superior Brahmin. Not only Ravana but other members of Ravana’s clan like Ahiravana and Mahiravana are said to have been saints.
[আরও পড়ুন:সল্টলেকে বিজেপির দুর্গাপুজোয় মহিলা পুরোহিত, আসতে পারেন নাড্ডা-শাহ ]
Anyway, back to the story of Akal Bodhan. After the Rama-Ravana war began, when the great heroes of Lanka were captured one by one, Ravana praised Mother Durga. Durga sheltered Ravana in the form of Kali. Sheltered in the lap of Mother Kali, Ravana became invincible in battle. In this situation, Rama decided to worship Durga prematurely (in autumn instead of spring) to appease her. But who will be the priest of that cult?
Prajapati Brahma himself raised Ravana’s name as the priest of Rama’s premature birth. He advised. “Rava can be a suitable priest for this puja.” Raghunandan offered priesthood to the demon king Ravana. And Ravana also agreed.
While reciting the Bodhan mantra, Ravana uttered: In fact, Ravana knew that he had to be killed by Rama to save the Rakshasa family. And that is why he agreed to officiate this puja.
But it turned out that no matter how much Ravana performed the priesthood, he was invincible in battle. Every time Rama was beheaded, the severed head was reattached with the blessing of the goddess. In this situation, Rama realized that Chandi should be defiled. There is no other way. This burden fell on Hanuman. Pavanputra assumed the form of a fly and went to Chandi. A letter was covered. As a result, Ravana made a mistake in reciting the mantra. Chandi is impure because he did not pronounce that one letter.
This story of Chandi being impure is different in Kritivasi’s Ramayana. It is said that Ravana felt anxious knowing about Ram’s puja. So he sent an appeal to Lord Jupiter to get the grace of the goddess. Chandi reading is prohibited at night. And so Jupiter bowed. But finally, trembling with fear at Ravana’s bloodshot eyes, he began the lesson. And then Hanuman appeared there. Takes the form of a fly. ‘Since Jupiter is there, Upanith to him, / Chandipat alone… very conscious..’ Naturally, Devi was angry at the mistake made at Chandipat. Meanwhile, Ravana also showed anger and said that since Devi had sided with his enemy, therefore Devi was also his enemy now. Such is the demon king’s ego. Although Ravana was actually a great sage, he was ultimately demonic, arrogant. What Sadhe said, “Ati Darpe Hata Lanka…” As a result, the grace of the goddess was no longer on Ravana. The road to his slaughter is wide.
Along with this, the story of 108 blue lotus brought from Manas Sarovar. While offering the lotuses brought by Hanuman to the goddess, Rama noticed that one lotus was missing. Then he wanted to offer his lotus-like eyes. Next: Kritivasa says: “Ram Vasila’s sight in the eyes. He held Katyayan in his hand. Then it was only a matter of time before Rama, the gift of the goddess, killed Ravana.
The story of today’s Durga Puja is the worship of the goddess in autumn instead of spring. Which is not in Valmiki’s Ramayana. Added later. Again, the story of Ravana’s priesthood in Akal Bodhana is similarly woven into some Ramayana story. There are actually many versions of the Ramayana. It’s really amazing to think about these different options. Familiar stories have changed in different languages, different cultures. Speaking about the Ramayana-Mahabharata, Rabindranath wrote: “These two great books, the two poems of our whole India, sit without the names of their authors, the poets; poets are so far behind in their poetry.’ In this way, the epic has taken different forms, incorporating the different cultures of the country.
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