In a bold and heartwarming move, the Mrittika Durga Puja Committee of Kolkata decided to shatter traditional barriers and selected Nafisa, a nine-year-old Muslim girl, to represent Maa Durga on Nabami, the Ninth day of the Navratri festival. This revolutionary decision has ignited enthusiasm and applause not only within the local community but also far beyond the boundaries of Kolkata.
The all-women Durga Puja Committee, as the brainchild, deeply rooted this act of embracing diversity in the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda, who once worshipped a Muslim girl child. In doing so, the committee has sent a powerful and resonant message of unity that transcends religious boundaries and celebrates the spirit of togetherness.
In Kumari Puja, the selection of Muslim Girl Nafisa represents a ritual steeped in tradition where people worship a young girl symbolizing the divine and seek her blessings.It is a significant event during the Durga Puja festivities, and Nafisa’s role is symbolic of the inherent divinity present in all of humanity. This courageous move serves as a beacon of hope and harmony in a world often marred by religious divisions and prejudices.
The decision to crown Nafisa as the representative of Maa Durga is a testament to the committee’s commitment to fostering inclusivity and interfaith understanding. It showcases how religious and cultural events can be a bridge to unite people from diverse backgrounds rather than divide them. The enthusiasm and applause from both the local community and the broader world emphasize the importance of such acts at a time when unity and harmony are needed more than ever.
Kolkata’s Mrittika Durga Puja Committee has set an inspiring example for all, demonstrating that in the spirit of love, compassion, and understanding, we can transcend the limitations of tradition and make a powerful statement about the unity of humanity. Muslim Girl Nafisa’s involvement in this revered ritual marks a stride towards a more inclusive and harmonious society that celebrates diversity and views differences as a source of strength rather than division.
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