Maa Durga is the embodiment of the divine energy and the creative power. Maa Durga reigns as the Mother Goddess, amongst the Goddesses worshiped by Hindus. Although there are innumerable forms of Goddesses and ultimately all are one, yet Durga-form is the most popular one. In Vedic Mantras, the Mother is the Prime God. Mother not only creates a child from her body and energizes but becomes the biggest and the most effective teacher of her child to mould his future. It is revealed that without her even lord Shiva is a lifeless Body [Shav].
The blessings of Maa Shakti are needed to negotiate the rough course of life. One should perform MATA KI CHOWKI or MATA KA JAGRAN to get blessed by her divine powers and get one’s wishes fulfilled. There is no caste or creed discrimination at Mata’s Darbar [Court]. According to Vedas, Maa Durga has nine dimensions as SHAILPUTRI, BRAHMACHARINI, CHANDRAGHANTA, KUSHMANDA, SKANDAMATA, KATYAYANI, KALRATRI, MAHAGAURI and SIDDHIDATRI. During Navratris, these nine shakthi’s are worshiped to gain her blessings.
Mata ki Chowki is a religious get together, through Chowkis. Mata Ki Chowki is short time kirtan which can be performed at any time throughout the day, anytime of the year. In Mata Ki Chowki, the group preaches about Mata, sings “Jagrata” and motivates devotees all over the world to pay their respects through their prayers. This program, can be organised on the happy occasions such as Weddings, Engagements, Birthdays, Anniversaries or during Ganpati and Navratri festivals. It is a devotional program done during the evening time, for 3 hours on any day between 7:00 p.m and 10:00 p.m.
We start Chowki with Ganpati, Navgrah and Mataji’s Pooja Abhishekh. First we light the Mataji’s Akhand Jyot with chanting of Langar Vira. Then we start Mataji’s Bhents (Devotional songs) one by one those who like to sing. Then comes an offering of Garlands and Matajis Bhet (Colored Chunni, coconut, fruits, and Shingar Matirail along with some Bheta (in Cash).
Then we do Ardass done by a devotee who has kept this Mata Ki Chowki, whatever he has to offer in cash or in kind and sangat (Gathering on Chowki). Then we offer Bhog Prasad to Mataji of Kheer, or whatever offered by devotee. Then follows Amrit Varkha and Phoolon ki varkha of Flowers & Petals.
At last Mataji’s Aarti and some shlokas, After this we distribute Prasad to all and complete the Mata Ki Chowki, with samapti.
Jagran is a word that will be quite familiar to the Hindus worldwide. Jagran is a holy event which consists of all night kirtan of the Mother Goddess Durga where her devotees worship her by singing her praises and her bhents which includes spiritual awakening for attainment of link up with Supreme Power. This is a holy event that can be held any time of the year. This devotional program done during the night, on Tuesday or Saturday Night from 11:30 pm to 5:30 am.
On Jagran we start with Ganpati, Navgrah and Mataji’s Pooja Abhishekh. First we light Mataji’s Akhand Jyot with chanting of Langar Vira, Then Ganpati and Mataji’s vandana is chanted in a devotional way, Then we start Mataji’s Bhents (Devotional songs) one by one those who like to sing, Then comes an offering of Garlands and Mataji’s Bhet (Colored Chunni, coconut, fruits, and Shingar Matirail along with some Bheta (in Cash),
Then comes Aardass by devotee & sangat (Gathering on Jagran), Then we offer Bhog Prasad to Mataji of Kheer, tea or whatever offered by devotee, Then there is a break for the time being, Then again we start chanting of Mataji’s Bhents after one hrs time,
After this we do Mataji’s isshnan (Bath) with chanting of bhents and offer Ganga Jal or Rose water Bath, Garlands, Ittar, Kessar Tilak, Jalebi bhog, SweetPan Beera Bhog, and take blessings of Mataji. Then comes Amrit Varkha and phoolon ki varkha, Then it come to Matajis Aardas by devotee a person who has kept this Jagran, whatever he has to offer in cash or in kind. Now it is a time of Tara Rani Katha which we share in chanting of a poem or story form.
At last Mataji’s Aarti and some shlokas, After all this we do Kanjak and Lonkra Poojan and distribute Prasad to all and complete the Jagran with samapti.