Like Durga Puja or Dussehera , Kali Puja is also a glittering festival with the idols of goddess Kali. The idols adorns with gold and silver jewellery for which this millennium city is famous.The idols where goddess Durga is worshiped during Durga Puja , goddess Kali is worshiped in the same puja mandaps or sahi . Today i.e 26th October is the day of immersion of Maa kali Idols and like every year the Puja commitees decorated Maa with Silver Filigree works and made their immersion procession with lights and Bands.Along with colorful lights and decors Cartoons,statues and Ghantas were the part of the procession which made the procession more beautiful.The long procession of the Puja committees makes the festive different from Durga Puja celebrated in the city .
Like we have already mentioned that the famous Kali Puja begins just a fortnight after Durga Puja, people across the city gears up for Kali Puja and Diwali celebrations. People celebrate this occasion with fervor and gaiety. In Cuttack city around 65 mandaps will be erected worshiping the dark-colored deity with a garland of human skulls, tongue piercing out and stepping on a lying Lord Shiva. Kali Puja in Cuttack city is believed to have started much before the concept of Durga Puja. It is believed that this puja started in the city about 500 years ago and the concept of idol worshiping started when Bengali’s brought this tradition to Odisha/Orissa during the 16th century. Among all the idols in Cuttack, the Goddess worshiped at Bakhrabad area is unique.
It is called “Chhinamasta” or headless Goddess who chopped her head. The idol here holds her severed head on one hand while three streams of blood roll out of her neck. While one stream goes down to her mouth in the severed head other two goes down to the mouths of her two associates. Instead of stepping on the lying Shiva, the Goddess steps over an embracing man and woman on a lotus. But nobody knows for sure how Chhinnamastika form of worship began at Bakhrabad.
While almost all the Puja mandaps celebrating Durga Puja , Celebrates Kali Puja. But Bakhrabad is the only place where only Kali Puja is being celebrated.
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