Navratra in Patna Begins with Kalash Sthapna

Kalash Sthapna at a Patna temple on Wednesday.

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Patna: Wednesday marked the beginning of the 10-day festival of Dussehra as temples in Patna and around set up the traditional 'kalash' to kick off the festival amidst much gaiety and enthusiasm.

The first puja was performed in the presence of thousands of devotees who began the day with a dip in the Ganges on early Wednesday morning.

Naulakha Mandir, Patna.

Durga Puja this year falls between October 15 ending with Dussehra on October 19 when local organizers will hold the annual Lanka Dahan at the Gandhi Maidan with chief guests being the Governor, the Chief Minister, and the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.

On Wednesday, thousands of devotees made a beeline to various temples across the state capital to mark the beginning of the temples, and even private residences, set up the traditional 'kalash' to kick-off the nine-day festival.

At the Naulakha Mandir, Nageshwar Baba began his eye-popping feat that he carries out every year for the past couple of decades when he lies down on the temple floor and his followers place 21 kalash, or pitchers', on his chest that he will keep there for the next nine days while maintaining perfect balance.

Kalash were also placed at Golghar Temple, Kankarbagh Panchshiv Temple, Badi and Chhoti Patan Devi, Darbhanga House Kali Mandir, Thakurbari Road Temple, Agam Kuan Temple, Gai Ghat Temple and many other places.


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