Malo, i.e. fishermen used to bathe idols during the Jagaddhatri puja of Raja Krishnachandra Raya. Once they also wanted to worship Jagaddhatri. The king accepted it. But who will pay for the puja? King Krishnachandra gave a grant of 15 rupees to Malod. That custom has remained. Even today Rajbari remains 15 taka. If this money does not come, the work of Barwari Jagaddhatri Puja of Malopara does not start. It is said that once King Krishnachandra came to Jelepara to see the puja. But the strong smell of fish made the king sick. A lot of smoke is burned to cover the smell. According to that custom, one mana dhuno is still burnt. Still, men wear sarees and go to the ghat to fetch water for the puja of Mother Jaleshwari in Malopara, Krishnanagar, Nadia.
Now what happens to 15 rupees! nothing But once that money was worth a lot. Raja Krishnachandra used to give this money to help the Malos in the promotion of Jagaddhatri Puja and floating the Rajbari’s Rajarajeshwari in Jalangi river.
The leaders of the puja committee told this story while telling the history of Malopara puja. They say that Malopara puja is one of the ancient pujas of Krishnanagar. Aaradhya of Rajbari kept Rajarajeshwari in the middle of the pair of boats and floated Malora Devi in a strange way. This goes on for a long time. Later the fishermen of the area appealed to the king to perform Jagaddhatri puja in their neighborhood. The king also allowed worship to promote worship and to keep loyal subjects. He used to pay 15 rupees for the cost of puja and the wood for making the structure of the statue from Rajbari. That trend continues today.
Mate Narit in Jagaddhatri of big and small houses
In Howrah even during the Chhat Puja, the garbage of Bhasan is accumulated in the Ganga Ghat
The leaders of the puja committee claim that once the king himself used to come to see the puja of Malopara. But with the idea that the king would not be inconvenienced by the strong smell of fish, the practice of burning dirt in Malopara puja started. Giving that dhuno is now the special attraction of this puja. If someone is mentally ill, they are burnt with Malsa powder on their head.
Another significant aspect of Malopara’s Jagdhatri Puja is ‘Jal Saja’. The men involved in the puja wear sarees and go to bathe the water after burning the dhuno. Carbide gas lamps are used only in the procession of Maa Jaleshwari. In Bisarjan, the idol is carried in a car instead of being hung on a bamboo doli in the traditional ‘sang’ practice of Krishnanagar. And the golden seal given by the king still adorns the mother’s vehicle lion’s tail. Shyamal Halder, secretary of the puja committee, said, “The dust promised by the devotees is burnt. This time also almost a maund of dhuno will be burnt.”
(First all news, right news, every moment. Follow us on Google News,
Facebook, Youtube, Threads and Instagram Pages)