[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras in Assam performed Kanyaka Pujan/ Kumari Puja; Explained the Significance of Kumari Puja.

07 Oct 2022 243 Views

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Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is very happy to inform you that we have appointed four Pracharaks and Bala Samskar teachers in and around Cachar City in Assam.  Cachar is an administrative district in the state. The district headquarters, Silchar, is one of the most important business centers of Assam. In 2006, the Indian government named Cachar one of the country's 250 most backward districts out of a total of 640.
                Sri Samrat Dutt from Cachar has been following activities – Ghar Waapasi and Bala Samskar. He has been talking about starting both the programs around Cachar and was willing to do whatever it takes to start these two programs in and around the city. He even identified four Pracharaks – two males and two females. He also identified one Bala Samskar teacher. GHHF would like to express our appreciation to Samratji for his passion and determination to coordinate and supervise these activities.               
Bala Samskar Kendras Performed Kumari Puja
GHHF Assam -  With the participation of thousands of Hindus, GHHF Assam organized a rally and Hindu Jagran Sabha on early hours of Mahalaya to mark the home comings of Goddess Durga. Bala Samskar students dressed like Durga, Shiba, Kali and performed dances, sang Durga song ,recited and chanted Maa Durga Sthuti. 
Maa Durga Puja is the biggest festival of Hindus in Assam and Mahalaya is celebrated by the devotees of Maa Durga a week before the Durga Puja celebrations begin across the globe. It marks the beginning of Debi Paksha (the era of the goddess) and is observed on the last day of Piru Paksha (the 16-day lunar day period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors/Pitrus). Mahalaya, therefore, means the arrival of Goddess Durga, and the festival centered around her worship - Durga Puja.
Report from our Assam Coordinator:
GHHF Assam Bala Samskar Kendra's performed Kanya Pujan/Kumari Puja on the occasion of Maha Ashtami and Navami. With this puja we tried to make both Girls and their parents understand the status and position of the Women in Sanatana Dharma which is absent in any of the Abrahamic religions. 
I personally had a Video conference with all the teachers and Member s of GHHF and told them the benefits of organizing this program. If we can make them understand about the richness of status of women in Sanatana Dharma then no Islamist will able to lure any of our Hindu Girls.
I gave them a draft so that they can prepare themselves and give speech before the villagers about Kanya Puja.
Through Kumari Puja, the nature of the holy mother power can be known in detail by respecting the female folk. That is why Swami Vivekananda worshiped the first 9 virgin girls in Belur Math in 1901 and introduced Kumari Puja in the Math.
Usually Kumari Puja is performed on Durga Mahaashtami or somewhere on Mahanavami. Jagaddhatri Puja also has examples of Kumari Puja. According to Vidhi, virgin girl s of 1-16 years are worshiped under different names. 
The names of the girls for each year are given in our scriptures:
1 year - 'Sandhya', 2 years - 'Saraswati', 3 years - 'Tridhamurthy', 4 years - 'Kalika', 5 years - 'Subhaga', 6 years - 'Uma', 7 years - 'Malini', 8 years - 'Kubjika,' 9 years - 'Kalsandarbha', 10 years - 'Aparajita', 11 years - 'Rudrani', 12 years - 'Bhairavi', 13 years - 'Mahalakshmi', 14 years - 'Pithnayaika', 15 years - 'Kshetrajna', 16 years - 'Ambika'.
Significance of Kumari Puja in 
The rituals of Kumari puja and its significance have been described in detail in Yogini Tantra, Kularnava Tantra, Devi Purana, Tantrasara, Prantosini and Purohitadarpana.
Kumari Pujan, one of the most important rituals of Durga Puja, is observed during the Navratras.  It is a tradition followed for years in this state and people celebrate it with pomp and show. This ritual holds purity and is considered the next big festival after the Rath Yatra.
On Maha Navmi, a ritual is performed where they worship young virgin girls aged 1-16 years. These young girls are believed to be incarnations of Maa Durga. Nine young girls are worshipped and treated as devis considering them the nine incarnations of the Goddess Durga during those auspicious nine days of Navratris.
The ritual is called ‘Kumari Pujan’ because only young girls who have not hit puberty are worshipped. These girls are considered to be the purest and most vulnerable creations of God. They are prayed for the innocence and purity they bring to the family. Once a girl hits puberty, she refrains from this ritual. These girls are called kanyas and are considered to be very auspicious.
The ritual starts from washing the feet of the girls to feeding them special dishes like Puri and Kheer and are offered ‘chunnis’ and ‘money’ as gifts. The member of the family who performs this ritual seeks blessings from the girls by touching their feet. The girls who are believed to be incarnations of the Goddess bless the house with happiness and prosperity.
This ritual is meant to be very auspicious and is also celebrated in other North Indian states like Bihar, U.P, Bengal, Assam, Punjab, Odisha and other States.
The saffron-clad monks of the Ramakrishna Order at Belur Math look upon a young girl as mother and worship her as a goddess, on Maha Ashtami. According to Sri Ramakrishna, little girls at the tender age when they are away from negative forces of the materialistic world are manifestations of the Divine Mother. A little girl at the pre-puberty phase of her growth is bathed in the holy Ganga water, dressed in a crimson red or fiery yellow sari with golden border, and adorned with jewelry.
We appreciate it if you can help in hiring more people who can go to these villages to do Ghar Waapasi. We have employed 26 people so far. More people we hire, more villages can be covered to welcome them back and also create Chaitanya (Awareness) among the students and villagers. Also,  we are conducting 150 Bala Kendras in five States. Support one or more Kendras. 
1) Sponsor one Bala Samskar Kendra for $1000.00
2) Sponsor one Pracharak: In order to expand our base and hire one Pracharak, it would cost approximately $3000.00 - $3500.00 per year. We have five anonymous donors who sponsored 9 Pracharaks
PayPal Method: To donate visit our website: savetemples.org. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select the General Donation category.
By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, . It is tax-deductible.
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By Rupees, please contact us by either phone or email.
For more information, call Prakasarao V Velagapudi ; Email: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com.


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