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Shameful Act: Mamata On Gandhi Look Alike Asura Idol

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday broke her silence on the Gandhi look-alike asura idol created during Durga Puja in Kolkata terming it a “shameful act”.

The Chief Minister further said that she was disappointed but didn’t say anything because there could have been protests during Puja.
“During Durga Puja, an idol resembling Mahatma Gandhi was showcased in place of Asura. What punishment should be given to them? The public will reply to such a shameful act. I was disappointed but didn’t say anything because there could’ve been protests during Puja,” said Banerjee.

Durga Puja Pandal organized by the West Bengal unit of Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha in Kolkata’s Ruby by-pass had an idol of ‘asur’ that resembled Mahatma Gandhi.

West Bengal Congress leader Koustav Bagchi had also filed a complaint with the Kolkata Police to file a Zero FIR in connection with the matter.

However, changes were made to the idol of asura following the intervention of the Kolkata Police.

Chandrachud Goswami, who is the organizer of the puja and also the state working president of the Hindu Mahasabha, had admitted to portraying the asura as Mahatma Gandhi and said that they do not accept the “forceful” changes.

Speaking to ANI today, Goswami said, “The idol of Asura did resemble MK Gandhi, we do not deny it. It has been changed. We have not made the changes. We received a lot of calls. We have been made to change it forcefully. We do not accept the changes. Our freedom of expression has been curtailed.”

Goswami had denied calling Mahatma Gandhi as the father of the nation and said that the organization would “spread the word about Gandhi’s activities” among people in the future.

“People should know that nobody called Gandhi the father of the nation. There is no such resolution passed in this regard. We do not consider him the father of the nation because of these activities. What he did to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh Ji, has to be condemned. After pressure was put on us, Kolkata Police supported us and requested to make the change. So forceful changes have been made. We do not believe in this change. We will spread the word about Gandhi’s activities among people in the future. He is the person who divided our country,” the organizer said. (ANI)

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Durga Puja Pandal Fire In UP

Durga Puja Pandal Fire In UP’s Bhadohi: 5 Dead

Five people, including three children, have so far died after a fire broke out at a Durga Puja pandal in Uttar Pradesh’s, Bhadoi district, police said on Monday.

The fire broke out on Sunday in the Aurai town at the pandal during the Aarti session to mark the Saptami or the seventh day of Navratri festivities.
Bhadohi DM, Gaurang Rathi said today, “The death toll in the Bhadohi Durga Puja pandal fire incident has risen to five. Three children and two women have died.”

Of the five deceased, three people – one Jai Devi and her two grandchildren- belonged to the same family, which has left the family in a state of shock.

Jai Devi’s husband said, “Along with my wife, three of her daughters-in-law and two grandchildren had gone to the pandal. While the woman and one of the children died in hospital, one more child died today morning at home”.

Earlier on Monday, it was reported that three people had died in the incident.

“The death toll has reached three in the Bhadohi Durga Puja pandal matter. A 12-year-old boy, a 10-year-old boy, and a 45-year-old woman died in the incident, “the DM said.” “

On Sunday night, the Bhadohi SP, Anil Kumar informed about the incident saying that the fire broke at the time of aarti.

“At around 9 pm, a fire broke out at Durga Puja pandal in Bhadohi as it was the time of aarti. Around 10-15 people were injured and were immediately rushed to the hospital,” the SP said.

Gaurang Rathi, the Bhadohi DM informed that the incident happened prime facie because of a short circuit.

“Around 150 people were present during the Durga Puja aarti when the fire broke out. 52 people were admitted to different hospitals. People having 30–40 percent burns have been admitted to trauma centers and every patient is stable. Prime facie, the incident happened due to a short circuit, further probe is on,” the DM said late Sunday night. (ANI)

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Muslims Puja Pandal In kolkata

Muslims Organise Puja Pandal For Hindu Neighbours In Kolkata

Showcasing brotherhood while also setting an example of humanity, people from the Muslim community organized the Durga Puja celebration in their locality in Kolkata.

A puja pandal has been installed in the minority-dominated area, Alimuddin Street, for the two Hindu families residing in the locality.

Speaking to ANI, Md. Tausif Rehman, social worker and organizer of Durga Puja in the locality, said that the idol of Goddess Durga has been installed and people from the Hindu community will perform a puja with proper rituals.

“Being a Muslim, we have certain limits, but it’s not that we cannot organize Puja. In this Pandal, we have brought Maa Durga. There will be rituals every day which will be followed and it will be done by the Hindu family for whom the puja is organized. “Why should our brothers and sisters go to the puja pandals far away to perform puja?” he said.

A local resident, Sayantan Sen, said that the gesture by the neighbors sets an example in society, which gives the message of humanity and brotherhood.

“We are very glad to see that this puja is being organized only for our Hindu family. “This is setting an example for humanity and mankind and teaches us that there should not be any difference as far as religions are concerned,” he said.

Another member of the family who is a part of those for whom the puja is being organized, Gudiya Kumari Devi, said, “It’s a great occasion for me as I myself got a chance to decorate Maa Durga and get things prepared.” I thank my Muslim brothers who made this possible.

The Hindu festival of Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsava or Sharodotsava, is a yearly celebration that honors the Hindu goddess Durga and commemorates her victory over Mahishasur.

Over the years, Durga Puja has become an inseparable part of Indian culture with innumerable people celebrating this festival in their own unique way while pertaining to tradition.

Hindu mythology holds that the goddess comes to her earthly abode at this time to bless her devotees. For the Bengali community, Durga Puja is the biggest festival. This year Maha Shashti falls on October 1 and Vijaya Dashami on October 5.

The significance of Durga Puja goes beyond religion and is revered as the celebration of compassion, brotherhood, humanity, art and culture. From the reverberation of ‘dhak’ and new clothes to delicious food, there remains a merry mood during these days. (ANI)

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Mamata Arrested

Mamata May Be Arrested Soon: Sukanta Majumdar

West Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar made huge revelations against the Mamata Banerjee-led government and claimed that the TMC supremo may be arrested soon.

“Mamata Banerjee may be arrested by December. 41 TMC people’s names are with top leadership. The government will fall in December,” said Majumdar.
BJP leader and film star Mithun Chakraborty had also claimed to be in touch with TMC MLAs.

“I am in touch with 21 MLAs of Mamata Banerjee’s party, I said this earlier and again, I stand by my point. I request you just wait for the time,” added Mithun Chakraborty.

West Bengal BJP Vice President Dilip Ghosh called out Mamata Banerjee’s inauguration of Durga Puja during “Pitru Paksha”.

“Mamata Banerjee is destroying the sanctity of Durga Puja by inaugurating the puja in Pitru Paksha, all the works of Mamata Banerjee are wrong, that is why there was a mistake in chanting the mantra while worshipping Goddess Durga,” said Ghosh.

Earlier, the Leader of the Opposition in West Bengal, Suvendu Adhikari said that the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) won’t last even for the next six months in the state.

His remarks came after the ruling party put up posters claiming that a “new and reformed TMC” come in the next six months.

“Enforcement Directorate(ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are doing their job. This party (TMC) will not last for even six months, December is their deadline,” LoP Suvendu Adhikari had said in Purba Medinipur.

Meanwhile, Mousumi Das, district Vice President of Mahila Morcha Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) was allegedly attacked by “Trinamool Congress-backed” goons at her residence in the Malatipur area of Malda on September 23.

However, Shuvomoay Basu, spokesperson of Trinamool Congress (TMC), Malda, refuted the allegation. He said, “We have faith in the police investigation. They will find out the reason behind the attack if it has happened.”

Bengal BJP leaders have often complained of attacks on party cadres and claimed that the law and order situation in the state has deteriorated. (ANI)

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Kamakhya Devi Temple

Navaratri Celebrations In Full Swing At Kamakhya Devi Temple

Hundreds of devotees thronged Kamakhya Devi Temple here as the nine-day-long Navratri celebrations began on Monday.

As the entire country gets filled with immense fervour, devotees are rushing to visit various temples dedicated to Goddess Durga. One such temple of great importance is the ‘Kamakhya Devi Temple’ which is the centre for numerous devotees from various parts of the country.
Speaking to ANI, the head priest Kabindra Prasad Sarma said, “The Navratri has begun at Kamakhya temple from today. Kumari Puja has also been performed during Navratri. Today is Pratipada and one Kumari will be worshipped.”

He added, “Tomorrow is Dwitiya tithi and two Kumaris will be worshipped. In this way, 45 Kumaris will be worshipped till Navami. This tradition has been going on for many years. Durga Puja is celebrated for 15 days at Kamakhya temple – from Krishna Navami to Shukla Navami.”

One of the devotees, Santosh Saxena said, “We are here since 4 am in the morning. Today is the first day and it is considered auspicious. It’s believed that all wishes get fulfilled with the blessings of the goddesses.”

The Shardiya Navratri festival is dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine avatars and today mark the first day of the festivity (Kalash or Ghatsthapna). The festival is celebrated with much fervour all across the country by Hindus.

During the nine-day Navratri festival, devotees worship Durga’s nine incarnations in order to obtain her blessings. There is a goddess manifestation linked with each day of Navratri. During these nine days, people maintain ritualistic fasts, recite shlokas dedicated to each goddess, wear new clothing, offer bhog, and clean their homes. In their prayers, they ask the goddess for her favour in order to have prosperous, joyous, and fulfilled lives.

Ramlila is organised extensively during Navratri in North India, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh. During the Ramlila, the tale of Lord Ram’s triumph over Ravana is acted out. The effigies of Ravana are burned on Dussehra to commemorate the triumph of good over evil.

In fact, on the tenth day of Navratri, also known as Vijayadashami, a large procession is organised during which clay figurines of Maa Durga are ceremoniously submerged in a river, sea, or ocean. Popular places to do this practice include West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, and Bihar. The most significant day for Maa Durga’s worship is thought to be the day of Durga Visarjan.

In India, Navratri is celebrated in a wide range of ways. Ramlila, a celebration in which scenes from the Ramayana are performed, is organized in North India, mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, and Madhya Pradesh. The burning of Ravana’s effigies marks the conclusion of the story on Vijayadashami. (ANI)

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