Jagaddhatri Puja


In Hinduism, Jagaddhatri or Jagadhatri ('the Protector of the World') is a form of Devi, the supreme goddess. Her worship is more common in West Bengal than the other parts of India. Her cult is directly derived from Tantra where she is a symbol of sattva beside Durga and Kali, respectably symbolized with Rajas and Tamas.

In Tantra and Purana, Jagaddhatri is depicted as being the colour of the morning sun, three-eyed and four-armed, holding Chakra, conch, bow and arrow, clothed in red, bright jewels and nagajangopaveeta, a symbol of Yoga and the Brahman. She rides a lion standing on the dead Karindrasura, the Elephant Demon. “Jagaddhatri arises in the heart of a person," said Sri Ramakrishna, “who can control the frantic elephant called mind.”

 Jagaddhatri Puja in extremely famous and popular in Chandannagar. Formerly known as Chandernagore or Chandernagar is a small city and former French colony located 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of Calcutta.

The ancient history of Jagadhatri Puja in Chandannagar is unknown even today. It is believed that Indranarayan Chowdhury introduced the Jagadhatri Puja in Chandannagar in the manners similar to Raja Krishnachandra of Krishnanagar. The time of beginning of Jagadhatri Puja in Krishnanagore was 1762. Indranarayan Choudhury died in 1756. So Indranarayan Choudhury by no means introduced the Jagadhatri puja in Chandannagar. The beginning of Jagadhatri puja in Chandannagar probably dates back earlier than 1750. Indranarayan Choudhury performed the Jagadhatri puja at his own house in Chandannagar, at the time Krishnachandra used to come to borrow money from Indranarayan Choudhury. Perhaps Krishnachandra was attracted to greatness of Jagadhatri at this time. One of the main attractions of Jagaddhatri idol of Chandannagar is the ornamental decoration of the goddess with shola and beautiful canvas of mats with painting at the back of the image.

This feature will highlight the great pujas of Chandannagor, Bhadreshwar and elsewhere. Photo & Text Courtesy: Ms.Asmita Mukherjee, Mr.Probir & Wikipedia.







(Bhadreshwar Jagaddhatri)


(Nimtala Jagaddhatri)


(Tentultala Jagaddhatri)