Raas Mela

BY: SUN STAFF


Nov 18, INDIA (SUN) — The Raas Mela festival is currently underway in Bengal, where festivities are unfolding in accordance with the Raas Purnima Utsav (full moon festival). One lakh attendees are expected in Kuakata, South Bangladesh, where the festival has been going on for hundreds of years.

Seven pairs of Radha and Krsna Deities (jugol protima) were established at the side of the Kuakata Buddha Bihar. Arati, dance and recitations from the Bhagavat Gita and other sastra are being conducted, along with the songs of Padaboli Kirtan.

Religious and philosophical discussions will take place on the life and activities of the Lord Sri Krsna. Along with the Raas Puja, attendees will participate in Punnaya Snayan (holy bath) in the sea at the time of sunrise and sunset.


Bhagavata Purana, Bikaner, c. 1610


In Cooch Behar, the Raas Mela festival will last for two weeks. Festival events will take place under the auspices of the Madan Mohan Temple, where a beautiful whirling Raas Chakra was constructed.

A huge clay murti of Putana Rakshasi was erected, and everything takes great delight in trying to see the tiny Deity of baby Krsna settled in Putana's lap.

The Modan Mohan temple in northern Bengal was constructed by Maharaja Nripendra Narayan during 1885 to 1889.



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