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Kali Puja performed with traditional rituals in century-old temple

 SIVASAGAR, Nov 8 - Kali Puja was performed with traditional rituals on the eve of Diwali in Sivasagar Kalibari. Hundreds of devotees thronged the temple and offered prayers, sacrificial goats, pigeons on the altar of the century-old Goddess Kali’s stone idol, known to be one of the oldest in the State.

The Puja, annually performed by Nila Borthakur of Konwarpur, has a special significance among the devotees as the stone idol is believed to have been unearthed in the very spot where the temple now exists.

According to the elders of the locality, Goddess Kali appeared in Birajananda Boruah’s dream, the owner of the plot during the 20s of the last century.

Baruah told the neighbours about the dream and, accordingly, discovered the Kali idol below the surface of the land. The temple was constructed in 1931.

Interestingly, the idol, cut out of a single stone, is similar to the stone cut out of the idol of Goddess Durga at Deopani in Karbi Anglong.

According to an ardent devotee Niroja Prasad Sarmah, the tantric (Sakti ) procedure of worship of the goddess began during the rule of Swargadeo Shiva Singha after 1741 and, hence, the idol might have been brought to Rongpur during the 18th century and subsequently got buried due to the massive earthquake that devastated upper Assam and Dikhow, altering its course further west during 1843.

There is an aura of religiosity around the Kalibari complex that continues to attract a huge number of devotees every year from all over the State and even other parts of the country.

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