The people of the millennium city of Odisha strongly believe Maa Cuttack Chandi as ‘The Living Goddess’. Maa Cuttack Chandi is worshiped in various incarnations or Besas during the Durga puja festival & Navaratri. Maa Katak Chandi Temple is one of the ancient temples of Odisha dedicated to the Goddess Chandi, the presiding deity of Cuttack, Odisha/Orissa. The temple is located near Barabati Stadium & to the bank of the river Mahanadi.
The temple is famous for the annual Durga Puja and Kali Puja festival. The Durga Puja festivities are prominent in Maa Katak Chandi temple which takes place for 16 days starting from the dark fortnight of Ashwina Krishna Ashtami till Ashwina Shukla Navami and Vijayadashami. The goddess sits and rules on the heart of the ancient city. She has four hands holding Paasha(noose), ankusha, gestures dispelling fear(Abhaya), and granting boon(Varada). She is worshiped as Bhuvaneshvari (the queen of the universe) by Sevayatas belonging to Utkala Brahmins every day.
The Sodasa Puja upachara Besa or Incarnation of Goddess begins from the day of Mula Astami. The besa begins from Mula Astami and ends on Durga Astami. Everyday Goddess is worshiped in a new avatar. The millennium city of Odisha is also known as the land of Goddess Durga or Saktipitha. The Besa begins in various temples including Katak Chandi Mandir, Gada Chandi Mandir, Haripur Maa Dhakulei Mandir , Maa Mangala Thakurani at Dolamundai, Jombu Durga Machuabazar, Gelha Dei Temple Thoria Sahi, Bagha Mangala and Maa Basanti Durga of Mangalabagh, Maa Jharjirmangala, Sarala Mandir of Tala Telenga Bazar, Maheswari Mandir Uppar Telenga Bazar & Durga Mandir Chauliagunj.
Disciples from various parts of the city & state come to have darshan of various Besa of Goddess Cuttack Chandi during this period of time.
If you are in Cuttack during Durga Puja then you must visit the temple & also visit Maa Gadachandi Temple. You can also have a glimpse of nearby Chandi Medha including Seikh Bazaar, Chandini Chowk, Kafla Bazaar and Alisha Bazaar.
Here is the List of 16 Besa of Maa Cuttack Chandi 2019 –
21.09.2019 – Suna Besa,Sahasra Kumbha Abhishek
22.09.2019 – Suna Besa
23.09.2019 – Bhubaneswari Besa
24.09.2019 – Matangi Besa
25.09.2019 – Sodasi Besa
26.09.2019 -Narayani Besa
27.09.2019 – Raja Rajeswari Besa
28.09.2019 – Jayadurga Besa
29.09.2019 – Ugratara Besa(Beginning of Navratri)
30.09.2019 – Harachandi Besa
01.10.2019 – Banadurga Besa
02.10.2019 – Tripura Bhairabi Besa
03.10.2019 – Gayatri Besa
04.10.2019 – Bagalamukhi Besa
05.10.2019 – Mahakali Besa
06.10.2019 – Mahalaxmi Besa
07.10.2019 – Maha Saraswati Besa
08.10.2019 – Mahisa Mardini Besa
09.10.2019 – Suna Besa
The Darshan timing for disciples is from 5.30 pm onwards.
Odia songs on all Besa of Maa Durga –