Wednesday, January 15, 2014
When Brazilians honour Mata Jagadamba
On February 2 every year, over 10 lakh devotees assemble in the Brazilian city of Salvador, Bahia, and undertake a jatra that covers the prominent streets of the Rio Vermelho district of the city. The devotees are dressed in white to the small temple dedicated to Yemanjá a powerful Devi in the Afro-Brazilian religious tradition Candomblé.
Yemanjá is Uma - the supreme mother - the protector of children, fishermen and sailors. She is the sea.
The bhoga meant for Mata Yemanja are kept in beautifully designed and decorated baskets that are laden with gifts that are offered to the sea. The offerings include idols of the Devi, flowers and objects of shringar like perfume, jewelry, combs, lipsticks and mirrors.
The day is filled with parties, food and prayers to Yemanja that keep the city awake well into the night.
May Mahadevi Yemanja of Brazil bless us all!
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