The Remarkable History of Durga Puja in Damdama Village: When Goddess Durga Wielded a Gun to Protect the Sardar Family

It is said that in the history or folklore of Damdama Village, there was once a grand conflict. During those times, the villagers were in dire need of protection, and it was none other than Goddess Durga herself who took up arms, wielding a gun with ten hands. She personally fired bullets to defend the Sardar family of Baruipur. It was an act of valour and divine protection.

This historical event continues to be commemorated today, as just before the immersion of the Durga idol, two gunshots are fired towards the sky. Interestingly, amid the hustle and bustle of Puja preparations, there is a distinct task underway: the cleaning and maintenance of firearms in the household.

Back in those days, Damdama Village had a modest earthen temple. Later, the Sardar family built a new, well-structured temple and enshrined the idol of Goddess Durga there. Since then, Durga Puja has become a sacred tradition for the members of the Sardar family, starting in the year 1307 in the Bengali calendar.

The family members continue to collect contributions for the puja, which was initiated by Manohar Sardar and Ranjan Sardar. During these few days, the people of this village immerse themselves in joy. The temple's decoration is in full swing, and the making of the Durga idol is progressing with great enthusiasm.

It's worth noting that the construction of the idol begins right after the Janmashtami festival. Family members, whether they are near or far, come together for this auspicious occasion. The entire family enjoys a vegetarian feast on the sixth day (Shashti) and then indulges in a sumptuous non-vegetarian meal on the ninth day (Navami).

It is said that the tradition of making idols of the goddess is maintained through generations by the 'Kumor' family. This Durga Devi is believed to be highly vigilant, and those who devoutly believe in her are said to receive blessings for their devotion.

For the organisation of the puja, all 150 family members diligently contribute their efforts. On the eighth day (Ashtami), after offering prayers, a quintal of barley grains is thrown into the air as a gesture of gratitude.

In this temple, for the fulfilment of their wishes, women perform a unique ritual infront of the goddess, a practice that signifies their devotion.

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