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Volume 6 | Issue 04 | April 2012


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The Way Out?
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-- Shahana Siddiqui
Can Parliament be more than a Rubber Stamp?
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Politics of Intolerance and Our Future
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Photo Feature
Charak Puja: Devotees' Might

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Charak Puja: Devotees' Might

A Photo Feature by Darshan Chakma

The believers of the Hindu religion celebrate Charak Puja on the last day of Chaitra. People believe that the festival will carry prosperity by eliminating the sorrow and sufferings of the previous year. The festival is actually a festival to satisfy "Lord Shiva", the great "Debadideb" of Hindu Religion. Though the festival takes place on the mid night of Chaitra Songkranti, the preparation phase usually starts a month before the day.

During Charak Puja one of the devotees dances wearing the mask of "Goddess Kali" and holds human skeletons while some tie their backs with sharp hooks and then they move around a bar with a long rope.

The festival not only reflects blind faith but also the eagerness to accept penance on the road to achieve salvation.

Darshan Chakma is a student of United International University.

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