Devotees flock to Agartala to be part of Kumari Puja

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Agartala (Tripura), Oct 10 (ANI): Devotees across the country flocked to Agartala, the global headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission, to worship a pre-pubertine girl as the goddess. At a time when aborting of female foetus hits the headlines, a seven-year-old girl is being worshipped as living embodiments of goddess Durga by Ramakrishana Mission. Kumari Devi is a tradition of worshipping young pre-pubescent Brahmin girls as manifestations of the divine female energy. The ritual of Kumari puja started in 1901 by the founder of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Vivekananda. The ritual, preparation for the festival which starts over two months ago, culminates with the Kumari Pooja on the eighth day or Maha Asthami. The young Kumari fasts the whole day until the puja is over. She is made to sit before the goddess’s idol on a decorated chair with priests chanting hymns being played in the background. According to religious belief, after the puja, the divinity of the goddess descends into the Kumari.

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