Know the greatness Simlapal Rajbari Durga Puja 2022

Devabrata Das, Khatra: Simlapal Rajbari Durga Puja of nearly four hundred years old Simlapal Rajbari of Bankura. A lot of history is intertwined with this puja like a creeping tree. One of which was the bloody history of sacrifice. Hundreds of goats were sacrificed in this palace. which has been discontinued. ‘No more animal sacrifice’ – this is the message now being given by the members of the Rajbari.


It is said that the vast mouzas from Simlapal to Quilapal were under this royal family. Shyamsunder Singh Chowdhury was the last king of Simlapal royal family. He has three sons. The elder son Kalyaniprasad Singh Chowdhury died in a road accident in 1984
has gone Mezzo son Amiyaprasad Singh Chowdhury lives abroad.

Shyamsunder Singh Chowdhury’s younger son Debprasad Singh Barathakure lives in Simlapala. He said, all rituals of puja are done according to the rules of the calendar. It was not possible to follow the custom of animal sacrifice. In his words, “Earlier, our forefathers used to sacrifice animals in front of the deity. More than a hundred goat children were slaughtered in front of the deity. The tradition of that sacrifice is closed today. We are trying to eliminate superstition by stopping animal sacrifice. At the same time, I appeal to everyone to stop this animal sacrifice.”

[আরও পড়ুন: স্বপ্নাদেশেই বদলে যায় দেবীর রূপ, বনগাঁর দত্তবাড়িতে মা বিরাজ করেন ‘বিড়াল হাতি’ রূপে]

Devprasad Babu said, 3 goats, 3 pumpkins were sacrificed on Saptami day, 11 goats, moldy pumpkins and sugarcane on Ashtami sandhipuja and 5 goats, moldy pumpkins and sugarcane were sacrificed on Navami day. Also hundreds of goats were sacrificed which were vowed by many people of the area. Here too there was a custom of firing cannons after the cannons of the Mallarajas of Bishnupur on Sandhi Puja on Ashtami. Now, instead of goat sacrifices, sugarcane and moldy pumpkins are sacrificed.


Why did this sacrifice stop? In response to the question, Shyamsunderbabu’s grandson Chiranjeev Singh Chowdhury said, “Grandfather never supported the practice of animal sacrifice.” Dadu wanted this animal sacrifice to be stopped. Before his death, my father was called Dadu, to give up this practice of animal sacrifice. After grandfather’s death we therefore stopped this practice of animal sacrifice. Animal sacrifice is a superstition.
I request that the organizers of every puja stop the practice of animal sacrifice in the coming days.”

Even if there is no animal sacrifice, Durga Puja is still celebrated with splendor in the historic Simlapal Rajbari. On the morning of Saptami, pots and navapatrika are brought from the river Shilavati along with the procession. But here the style of sugarcane harvest is a little different. Devi police station
The sugar canes are arranged in the shape of a triangle. Then sacrifices are made. Various cultural events are held during the Puja days. People from many surrounding villages still come to see the puja.

[আরও পড়ুন: ‘পথের পাঁচালী’ থেকে ‘গুপি বাঘা’, সত্যজিৎ রায়কে অভিনব শ্রদ্ধার্ঘ্য বাগনানের এই পুজোয়]

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