and the next day early dawn,all of our female family elders,including my eldest aunty(boroma)were busy, going to our old big pond(named as mukurdighi)…shankhadhwani and other traditional rituals were performed while approaching towards mukurdighi!
The auspicious moment, Kalabou snana or according to the elders,Nabapatrika snana would be perfectly performed with grand rituals, paid by all of our elder members!
Also we,the juniors used to join in the procession alongwith our uncles and my dadamoni…I could remember, my father used to pay attention to the younger ones,not to move close towards mukurdighi, as it is still so deep and large!
The dhakis used to play dhaks,which was the most important part of this procedure!
After making Her bathe with perfect rituals, our female elders used to dress her well decorated with a gorgeous yellow and red sari,the moment,which she looked like a princess!
The kalabou was actually a small shoot of banana tree with full and perfect leaves,which included nine types of grains alongwith it..
These grains are..
1.Banana tree,which represents Brahmani
2.Turmeric,which represents Devi Uma.
3.Jayanti,which represents Kartiki..
4.Bilwa,which represents Shiva..
5.Darimbha,which represents Raktadantika
6.Ashoka,which represents Devi Shokrahita
7.Maan,which represents Devi Chamunda
8.Dhanya,which represents Devi Lakshmi..
9.Arum or kachu,which represents Devi Kalika..
According to the Hindu rituals, as we had been told by my eldest aunty,boroma,
all these nine forms of Devis,together formed Nabapatika or what we adorably say…Our Kalabou!
And,with this auspicious ritual of Kalabou Sthapana,beside the idol of Maa Dashabhuja, Maha Saptami used to start..!
Still, well maintained in our old Durga Dalan, this year also all the rituals have been performed by my all family members..