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Why Durga Puja in Autumn is Called ‘Akal Bodhon’ or ‘Premature Awakening’?

Devi Durga is worshipped two times of the year in a festive mood. One is called Basantipuja in spring and the other is Durga Puja which is also known as ‘Akal Bodhon of the Devi’. But why?

Whole India becomes enlivened during Durga Puja. But Bengalis and Durga Puja are the same soul, they can’t be separated. There is an air spirituality in the sky, in catkins and everywhere… Because Maa Durga is coming. But why Durga Puja in autumn is called ‘Akal Bodhon’ or ‘premature awakening’? Let’s find out…

According to Hindu belief, autumn belongs to the night-time of the Devtas(Hindu gods). So it’s the time of sleeping. Now if you want to worship God in this time, first you have to do ‘Bodhon’ (or awakening) to the deity.

In several Puranas and other Hindu scriptures it is mentioned that before the death of Ravana, Ram worshipped Devi Durga and prayed her blessings to defeat Ravana. Since autumn is not a ‘pure time’ to worship the Devi, the Puja(worship) by Rama in autumn is known as ‘Akal Bodhon’ ‘premature awakening’. But now Shardia Durga Puja is more prevalent.

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