Mahishasura: The Leader or The Demon

Let’s unravel the unravelled, a great class struggle story.

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Dear reader,

I feel great to write to you. Today I bring to you, Durga Puja, A great festival & some secrets behind it.

If you want to explore the vast diversity and different cultures and traditions, you should start with Durga Puja.

Durga Puja also called as Durgotsava is an annual Hindu festival originating in the Indian subcontinent, it is not only celebrated in India but also abroad, The festival is mainly a Bengali festival, it is celebrated for 10 whole days, the whole India gets illuminated, all banks, offices, schools, colleges and everything are closed, a great time for merchants, traders, artisans, craftspeople, painters, Jewellery sellers and many many people from different occupation and skills. Whether big or small every shop brightens up, people forget all stress loads, depression, anxiety, pain and join in the spirit of the festival. The festival is the festival of hope and a victory of good over the evil. It is a great experience all together, people having fun, hopping from pandals to pandals, Worshipping ma Durga. I can never tell you the whole experience of the festival until you come to West Bengal to have a look at the festival and experience the spirit of the festival.

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People get new hope every year during the festive season. People find new hope. The fight is also of women empowerment. A Mother saving her children from evil. The power of women is also clearly portrayed in the festival.
The whole city gets illuminated in magic and hope, the hope of the end of evil.
May evil be as evil as it wants but good will always win.

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There is A Quick History

During the Battle of Plassey, Raja Krishna Chandra Ray, a very intelligent person and a generous king, joined in the clan of conspirators conspiring against last free Nawab of Bengal, Siraj-Ud-Daulah. There is a twist why did Krishna Chandra Ray help Robert Clive? Because one day in front of the court Siraj insulted and slapped the richest banker and businessman Jagat Seth aka Mehtab Chand. Jagat Seth was a good friend of Krishna Chandra Ray hence he called for his friend during hard times to plan a strategy for them. And with his help, Siraj lost the battle of Plassey. After the battle, Siraj’s advisor or Mantri Mir Jafar Ali the head of conspirators became the ruler of Captive Bengal. After him, Mir Qasim Mir Jafar’s son in law became the Badshah/nawab. He found the letters of the conspirators and Jagat Seth’s letters to lord clive. Without anyone noticing he threw Jagat Seth into the Ganges, and Jagat Seth died of drowning, some say he escaped in the water. Then Mir Qasim made Raja Krishna Chandra Ray captive. But lord clive forced Mir Qasim to let Raja Krishna Chandra Ray out of the prison.

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But after being free he was a changed person, guilt and repentance had changed the man. He was a person full of spirit then and patronized the culture of the full family of Durga maa in one frame.

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So, in a nutshell, the model we see today was brought into existence by Raja Krishna Chandra Ray, and it replaced the Mahishasura Mardini model.

What happened in 2020

This year I was in home thinking about how to celebrate Durga Puja, so I celebrated by researching, not about suras but asuras.

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Sura vs Asura

Who is Sura? the person who is white, wealthy, powerful, socially known and beautiful people who is the person who gets sur, this sur is happiness, they are the ruling class. Now, who is Asura? The person who defies the sura, the person against the wave, the poor, the helpless, the black, who is deprived of the sur, who is left with the sadness, the slave class. This is a very political game. An Eternal Tug of war and class struggle. We can take this war upto the land of Assyrians, they lived in a place named asshur near the bank of tigris.

What is our Fault?

We think mythology is a religious thing but it is a very political and historical game. A story of classicism.

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So, let’s explore Mahishasura

Mahishasura was very powerful demon who was really immensely powerful. He wanted to get the sur. He challenged the suras and attacked them and won one by one, actually, the story was that he gained a boon by Brahma that no man can kill him, he thought that if no man then no one hence he thought himself to be immortal but then Maa Durga was created from the internal power of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiv. And then after 10 days of battle maa Durga killed Mahishasura.

Now what the legend says

So, we got to know what mahishasura did in a gist from the perspective of the suras, now let’s get some information from the asuras.

In many tribal and saontal villages, people don’t light a single earthen lamp, they live in darkness, Even they worship him for a better life, opportunities, and power, mahishasura is a demon but he was their leader, when he saw his people were suffering from grief and class struggle, they were not let to live in peace and were dying like flies, dying of starvation and diseases, he could not bear the pain of his people and appealed to the suras to help him but they did not just because he was an asura, so he became revengeful, he meditated for a long time and Brahma pleased with his patience gave him a boon no man can kill him, he thought himself as immortal and raged a war, he rigged up an army and fought fiercely with the suras and won, he wanted to give his people justice and make the sur available for all. But then Durga was created, and she used magic and killed mahishasura, the asuras think she murdered him by trick.

Before we leave

What he did was not good but his vision and mission were rightful and justified. Many people who think mahishasura as a leader think that maa Durga murdered Mahishasura but no. Good deeds are always rewarded and evil deeds punished, his evil deeds were punished with death. He was a leader who wanted to see the happiness on every person’s face. He wanted his people to be happy. He wanted to put an end to this class struggle and eternal tug of war. But after so so many years the fight prevails, So we have a chance let’s put an end to class struggle.

Every live count

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Divyosmi Goswami: A digital nomad's journal wandering through the physical and cyber city discovering himself.

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