Maha Saptami, the seventh day of the Durga Puja festival marks the worship of Kaalratri, the goddess of death. Maa Kaalratri is said to be the most ferocious form of Goddes Durga who destroys darkness and removes ignorance.
In Bengali tradition, Saptami begins with the immersion of a banana tree in sacred water at dawn. The tree is then dressed in a saree and worshipped with flowers, incense, and sandalwood paste. This is called kola bou or ‘banana (plant) bride’ placed beside Lord Ganesha, indicating its role as his newly wedded wife.
Another symbolic ritual while worshipping Kola Bou is the sacred bath of the Nabapatrika or nine leaves from nine plants representing nine forms of Shakti — Brahmani (banana), Kalika (colacassia), Durga (turmeric), Kartiki (jayanti), Shiva (wood apple), Raktadantika (pomegranate), Sokrahita (ashoka), Chamunda (arum) and Lakshmi (paddy). Nabapatrika is taken for a bath (snan) in the river (Ganga in Kolkata).
The Nabapatrika is made by tying the leaves with Koyala and Aparajita plants. This also represents Goddess Durga’s victory over Mahishasura.
Netizens are sharing images of Puja celebrations from their homes and nearby Pandals alongside sharing wishes with their followers and loved ones on social media platforms.
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