Bhatali Navami: The Hindu community in North India celebrate Bhadli Navami with immense religious fervor. Bhadli Navami also known by the name of Bhatali Navami, Ashara Shukla Paksha Navami, Kandarp Navami and is generally celebrated during the Ashada month. The festival is celebrated on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha in the Ashada month. An important fact related to Bhadli Navmi is that the day is usually considered to be the last day in the year for solemnizing marriages in the Hindu community. It is believed that after the Bhadli Navami, the Lords usually go to sleep, hence all auspicious activities are conducted during this period only.
Festivities Dedicated to Vishnu
The festival is observed in honour of Lord Vishnu. It is generally believed in Hindu Mythology that Lord Vishnu is the most powerful of the lot. Among Hindus, marriages cannot be held when the Lord is sleeping. Lord Vishnu’s blessings are necessary to make a married life happier.
Bhadli Navami falls on the last day before Lord Vishnu goes to sleep. Therefore, the devotees desire to spend the day in a unique manner and take the Lords blessings. Bhadli Navmi is the last day for any religious activity.
Bhatali Navami Celebrations
Hindus celebrate Bhadli Navmi with great enthusiasm and numerous religious events are planned for the day to make the occasion unique. Special recital sessions for reading Holy Scriptures are held during the day and priests take special care to make offerings to Lord Vishnu. Songs written in honour of Lord Vishnu are also recited by the devotees to seek blessings from Vishnu.
Bhadli Fair in Jharkhand
Festivities associated with Bhadli can be seen in its real colors in the state of Jharkhand. In Jharkhand, devotees not only from within the state but also from neighboring regions gather to celebrate the occasion. Jharkhand holds the Bhadli Fair since ancient times and the festivities continue unabated with the changing times too.
Itkhori in Jharkhand comes alive as festivities associated with Bhadli begin and devotees from all over the region dwell in this small town. An ancient temple belonging to Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali in Itkhori is thronged by devotees seeking blessings.
Goddess Kali is worshiped as Jagdamba during the Bhadli fair in Itkhori. The devotees not only offer sacrifices but the fair attracts large number of devotees who come over from far and wide to get the Mundan Sansakar of their young children done.
The Bhadrakali temple in Itkhori is also known for its unique collection of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist deities in their idol form and devotees seek the blessings of all in unison to make their journey of life more meaningful and significant.