DESCRIPTION"Baba Taraknath er seva lage.....Mahadevvvvvvvvvv! Bom! Bom!"
Seemed like a war cry, but it was not. It was a loud chant by ill clad godmen from the backward classes draped in red cloth and garlands seeking alms during the last month of the Bengali calendar, "Chaitra" that concludes with the festivities of "Gajan".
Amongst various folk festivals of the Bengali Hindu's, "Gajan " occupies a very special place primarily for the various rituals involved with it. The name might have originated from the bengali word "garjan" meaning a load roar, or may be from combining the words Ga (meaning village) and Jon (meaning people) which indicates the festival of the village people. Started centuries ago, it can briefly be stated that this involves worshipping either Dharmathakur, resembled by a stone and believed to have originated from Buddhism (Dharmer Gajan) or Lord Shiva at places (Shiv er Gajan).They paint their faces with home made natural colors and dressed as Gods and Goddesses. This is a picture of Lord Krishna as dressed by a young village girl.
There are several phases of this month long festival -
Some selected men from backward communities choose to become "Gajan sanyasi's" who live a life of penance and sacrifice, staying away from all worldly pleasures for a month, only to please the Gods.
Two days before the month of Chaitra, "Neel Shasti" is celebrated by married women who fast the entire day for the well being of their husband and children. It is believed that Lord Shiva got married to Goddess Parvati
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