II Sarva mangala mangalye shive sarvaartha saadhike
Sharanye trayambake Gauri Narayani namosthute II
"I really enjoyed celebrating Durga Puja/ Durga Ashtami this year, I choose to wear this beautiful assemble of white anarkali kurti, leggings with golden shimmer and red chanderi duppata!!"
Red and white is considered an extremely auspicious combination. Bengali women wear a very special cotton saree called "Laal Paar" during these days.
Though I am a Punjabi but how could I forgotten wearing my beautiful shakha pola's? which I purchased from Anjali Jewellers of Kolkata few years ago, I lived in kolkata for a few years and I fell in love with their culture and food. Shaka pola's are worn on durga ashtami, every year bengali women get a new set of shakha pola's made for them from their favourite jewellers...
Goddess Durga is one of the most popular Goddess in Hindu religion. Maa Durga is a form of Shakti (Maa Lakshmi, Maa Saraswati & Maa Kali). In Sanskrit ‘Durga’ means as the one who is unbeatable and can not be defeated hence unconquerable. During the auspicious nine days of Navratri or Navratras nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshiped predominantly.
Durga puja is called Navratra's in the northern part of India. we abstain from non veg food and eat pure veg food for nine days. Each day representing one of each nine forms of Durga however in Bengal its vice versa this is celebration time for them and they eat all forms non vegetarian dishes possible like Fish, Meat and Chicken even Goddess Durga is offered fish as a bhog on durgaastami in Bengal.
The revered nine of Goddess Durga are Shailputri, Brahmcharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandmata, Katyaini, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhatri. Devi Durga is also known as Mahishasurmardini i.e. slayer of a mighty evil buffalo demon called Mahishasur.
The Importance of wearing Shanka Pola or Shakha Pola During Durga Puja
Hindu Bengali women wear certain symbols of marriage, like shakha, pola, loha and sindoor.
Shakha are white bangles of conch-shell and pola are red bangles made of red corals. Shakha and pola are worn in both the hands. It is to be seen that within one year of the marriage, they do not break. If anything of that sort happens, it is not considered good omen for the married life of the bride.
Sindoor is vermilion which is applied on the parting of the hair. Usage of sindoor by a woman implies that she is already married. All these are symbols of marriage for Hindu Bengali women. Many believe that wearing these could ward off bad omen.
Shankha pola is very important in a Bengali wedding. In the wee hours of very day, married women perform ritual called Dodhi Mangal in which they soak bangles made with shells in turmeric mixed water. Seven married women put shankha pola into bride’s hands. It symbolizes as seven forms of god. There is an old believe that this shankha pola custom belongs to poor fishermen because they can’t afford expensive jewellery. The bride has to wear Pola between Shankha or iron metal bangles. It is said that iron metal bangles keep balance between positive and negative powers.
"Shankha Pola is as important for a Bengali Bride as the Chooda's for a Punjabi Bride."
Pola's are avialable in two colours red and black. Red pola is worn on Durgaashtami and Black pola is worn on Kalaratri for blessings of Kali ma.
One of the most sought after mantra for Goddess Kali…
II AUM AING HRING KLEENG CHAMUNDAYE VICHCHEY AUM II
Sindoor is vermilion which is applied on the parting of the hair. Usage of sindoor by a woman implies that she is already married. I am wearing herbal sindoor by "Suparna Trikha" made from flowers.
What am I wearing?
- Golden Elephant Parade earrings from Tribe by Amrapali
- Shaka Pola's from Anjali Jewellers, Kolkata
- White Anarkali Kurti from Good Things
- Cream and Golden Churidar
- Gold Plated Silver Ghunghru Anklets/ Payal.
- Red and Golden Chanderi Duppata
- Red Heels from Carlton, London
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II Jayanti Mangala Kali, Bhadrakali Kapalini Durga Kshama Shiva Dhatri Swaha Swadha Namoastute. II