Dussehra fes­tiv­i­ties kick off with mukut pu­jan in Sangam city

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - UTTARPRADESH - Sm­riti Malaviya n sm­riti1.ht@gmail.com

AL­LA­HABAD: The sa­cred cer­e­mony held at the an­cient Lord Ram’s tem­ple in the old lo­cal­ity of Al­la­habad marked the early be­gin­ning of Dussehra in Prayag on Satur­day. As part of the age old rit­ual, 21 priests wor­shipped the nearly cen­tury old sil­ver mukuts (crowns) of Lord Ram, Lak­sh­man, Bharat and Sha­trughan at the tem­ple and prayed for the suc­cess of one of the old­est Dussehra and Ram­leela pro­gramme of the coun­try.

Peo­ple also seized the rare op­por­tu­nity to wor­ship these sil­ver crowns as they are taken out only once a year for the cer­e­mony.

While in other parts of coun­try Hin­dus are per­form­ing ‘shraddh’ and ‘tarpan’ to pay homage to their an­ces­tors dur­ing the 15-day ‘pitra pak­sha,’ the nearly 180-yearold Shree Pathar­chatti Ram­leela Com­mit­tee is gear­ing up for the fes­tive sea­son ahead.

“The pitra pak­sha will end on Septem­ber 20 with ‘amavasya’ fol­low­ing which the fes­tive sea­son will be­gin. In or­der to pre­pare peo­ple for the cel­e­bra­tions ahead, this ‘mukut pu­jan’ is per­formed, which also marks the be­gin­ning of Al­la­habad Dusse­hera,” shares Lallu Lal Gupta ‘Sau­rabh’, se­nior mem­ber of Shree Pathar­chatti Ram­leela Com­mit­tee.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony the beau­ti­fully crafted crowns made of 10 kgs of pure sil­ver were taken to the res­i­dence of late Nathu­lal Ja­dia in Bad­shahi Mandi in a mu­si­cal pro­ces­sion ac­com­pa­ny­ing dozens of bands and gi­ant saf­fron flags. “Since the crowns were de­signed by the fam­ily of Nathu­lal Ja­dia, mas­ter crafts­men, it is taken to his res­i­dence. Once all the rit­u­als are com­pleted the crowns will be kept in the safe cus­tody of Ja­dia fam­ily at Nav­grih tem­ple in Ram­bagh,” said Ra­jeev Gupta, an­other mem­ber of Shree Pathar­chatti Ram­leela Com­mit­tee.

ANIL MAU­RYA/HT PHOTO

Mukut pu­jan be­ing per­formed at Ram Tem­ple on He­witt Road.

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