The Chakraborty family of Paharpur village in Arambagh carry on their 630- year-old traditional rituals of Durga Puja till on Monday.
The Panchamundi Assan (or the altar raised on five skulls), on which the deity is placed, draws thousands of devotees from far and near.
Lore has it that the severed head of the sacrificial goat would remain live for three days during the course of the Puja. Manik Ram Banerjee originally a resident of Balagarh in Hooghly took refuge at his maternal uncle&’s house at Paharpur village in Arambagh when he lost everything to the flood.
A pious,learned brahmin, Manik Ram knew the Veda, Mahabharata, Gita, puranas by heart at a young age. Rai Bahadur of Burdwan who was highly impressed with his deep knowledge of the ancient Indian scriptures, donated him a vast stretch of land and temples at Paharpur in Arambagh.
The Rai Bahadur also vested Manik Ram with the title of Chakraborty. Soon Manik Ram Banerjee was renowned as Chakraborty Maharaj.
At the special initiative of Raj Bahadur of Burdwan, Manik Ram Chakraborty started the Durga Puja at Pharpur village in Burdwan.
The deity of Goddess Durga is placed on the Panchamundi Assan. Among the five skulls is a human skull too. Mr Prosenjit Chakraborty, Avijit and Chiranjit the present generation of Manik Ram Chakraborty who still holds to the ancient traditional rituals said Manik Ram Chakraborty was gifted with spiritual powers.
Thousands of devotees who in great faith take part in the Durga Puja conducted by Chakraborty family Durga Puja feel blessed and are said to have experienced miracles in their lives.
Chakraborty family carry on their 630- year-old traditional rituals of Durga Puja.