Durga Puja 2022: Why soil outside brothels is used to make idols of Goddess Durga, know!

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Durga Puja is about to begin, so these days preparations for Durga Puja are in full swing. Also celebrated as Navratri, this festival will begin this year on 26 September 2022 and will end on 4 October 2022.

A few months before Durga Puja, the narrow lanes of Kumartuli and other places in Kolkata are filled with artisans and idol makers who shape the goddess and her family out of clay for worship.

The kumars or creators of the Lord create 'Chinmaya' or clay idols, which are made 'mrinmayi' through ritualistic rituals of the priest during the five-day festival. It takes a lot of effort to make the ideal idol for the worship of Goddess Durga.

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Many people are unaware that the clay from which the idols are made is brought from Uluberia to the Hooghly River, but this is not the only place where clay is used to make idols of Goddess Durga.

According to Hindu traditions, 4 things are needed to prepare the idol of Goddess Durga - the soil on the banks of the river Ganges, cow dung, cow urine, and the soil outside the brothel, known as 'Nishidho Palli'. Is. If the clay of the external brothel is not used in making the idol of Goddess Durga, then it is considered incomplete.

Traditional beliefs state that the soil of outdoor brothels must be obtained from the hand of a prostitute by begging as it is known as 'Punya Mati' (sacred). The soil was earlier collected by the priests but now it is collected by the person who made the idol of Goddess Durga.

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There are many reasons for using clay from outside brothels to make idols of Goddess Durga.

Some people believe that people included this custom so that the outcasts of society could join the celebration.

Many others consider the soil outside the brothel to be blessed because it is believed that those who go to the brothel leave behind their virtue and purity to enter the land of sin. Hence, the soil outside the brothel then absorbs all the qualities and becomes blessed aka 'Punya soil'.

The study of the Vedas holds that nine classes of women known as Navkanyas should be worshiped during the Durga Puja festival. These include a nati (dancer/actress), a vaishya (prostitute), rajaki (laundry girl), a Brahmani (Brahmin girl), a shudra, and a gopal (maidservant who takes care of cows).

It is believed that worship of Goddess Durga is incomplete without respecting these women.