Century old Deepavali festival and fair at Udaipur in Tripura has begun from Sunday morning.
Chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb along with his wife took part in the ‘Mangalarati’ at the bank of ‘Kalyan Sagar’ of Udaipur at 4:30 am on Sunday.
With the rituals of ‘Mangalarati’ the festival of Deepavali at Udaipur has started.
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The festival and fair will continue till Tuesday.
Altogether 51 ‘mangal pradeep’ (auspicious lamps) brought from the different religious places of the country were lit.
The holy mother ‘Tripura Sundari’ was paid obeisance in the wee hours of Sunday.
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Agriculture minister Pranjit Singh Roy, MLA Biplab Ghosh, MP Pratima Bhoumik were also present in the inauguration programme.
They all participated in the ‘Mangalarati’ rituals at the ghats of Matabari Lake – Kalyan Sagar.
In the morning thousands of people gathered at temple premises to observed the puja rituals.
After the auspicious ‘Mangalarati’ rituals, the puja of Devi Kali has started in the Tripura Sundari temple.
Every year on the occasion of Diwali, a famous fair is organized in Tripureswari temple which is usually visited by more than three lakh pilgrims.
Diwali festival at Udaipur draws second highest crowd after Kamakhya during Ambubachi festival.
Udaipur which is also called temple city of Tripura is ready to celebrate the most popular festival Diwali Mela.
This year Udaipur festival committee convenor MLA Biplab Ghosh are expecting that more than four lakhs piligrims will come during three-day festival of Diwali at Udaipur.
Chief minister Biplab Deb also expressed his feeling through social media. He wrote in his facebook fage and Twitter handle”
‘Feeling immensely blessed after the Arti Darshan at Tripurasundari Temple on the auspicious occasion of Diwali and Kali Puja.’
Deb said he prayed for the prosperity of the beloved people of the State.
“May Mata Tripurasundari bless our lives with happiness & enlight our homes,” he added.
Tripura Sundari Temple is a Hindu temple of Goddess Tripura Sundari, better known locally as Devi Tripureshwari, basically Goddess Kali.
The temple is situated in the ancient city of Udaipur, about 55 km from Agartala.
It is believed to be one of the holiest Hindu shrines in this part of the country.
Udaipura Tripura Sundari temple is popularly known as Matabari.
The temple is considered to be one of the 51 Shakti Peethas; legend says that the right leg of Sati fell here.
Maharaja of Tripura Dhanya Manikya in 1501 AD constructed the temple.
And the festival during Diwali at Udaipur Tripura Sundari temple is 113 years old.
On Sunday evening Biplab will inaugurate the festival of Diwali at Udaipur.
All the state ministers will attend in the programme.
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Every year during the Diwali festival animals were sacrificed at Tripura Sundari temple.
But this year there will be no animal sacrifice during the Diwali puja and festival.
Notably, Tripura High Court had recently banned animal sacrifices in the temples.