Meyeder Bratokatha by Ashutosh Majumdar Bengali PDF.
Book – Meyeder Bratokatha (Vows of Girls),
Author – Ashutosh Majumdar,
Format – PDF,
Meyeder Bratokatha is a religious book written by writer Ashutosh Majumdar. To know about ‘Vows of girls’ first we need to know what is Vrat and why?
What is called Brata?
Vrat is a wish for the happiness of human life. With happiness and sadness in human life, the animals of the whole world live and spend their lives with this happiness and sadness. People pray to Ishwari and observe vows to be well for that purpose. The vow keeping ceremony is mainly organized among the girls. Forest-dwelling monks also observe this vow to gain divine power or to see God. Therefore, it can be said that Vrat is the method of worshiping God.
The word ‘Brata’ means restraint or rule. So ‘Vrata’ is a ritual of pious actions controlled by desire through discipline. Observers of Vrat have to observe several rules and rituals. First of all, take a bath early in the morning and wear a garment to observe the vows and rituals. And on that day one has to fast completely. One has to eat vegetarian food and observe abstinence on the day before observing the vow. Usually the elderly women say the vows and everyone listens to the vows with concentration and a pure heart. Apart from Shivratri, other vows are to be observed on Shukla Paksha.
How many type Brata?
Rhymes and stories are one of the most important parts of vow-telling. Ashutosh Bhattacharya said about the rhymes of Milli Vrata, another variation of Bengali rhymes has been revealed through Vrat. Even though the Vrat-chras originated with miraculous events and belief in them, yet everyone listens intently while reciting the Vrat. It never seems to them that they are miracles. Another great thing is that no Brahmin priest is needed to perform this Bratokatha, here mainly women perform this Bratokatha ceremony.
Author Abanindranath Tagore has given a clear idea about this. We call ‘Brata’ which is a ritual that is practiced or performed in the society to wish something. In our country there are many types of Vrats and especially this Vrat is observed by girls. Some are classical vows and some are feminine vows. One type of Vrat is the Kumari Vrat which is observed by girls from the age of five to 8-9 years. And the rest are married older girls who start it after marriage.
The classical or Puranic Brata has been popularized in this country with the Hindustanis, and the Feminine Vrat, divided into two parts, the ceremonies of which, if examined thoroughly, seem to predate the Puranas. And in which we can read a history of exchange between Hinduism and Hinduism, the difference in the structure of these two prastha vows can be clearly observed. In one of his works, Abanindranath Tagore has analyzed each structure by keeping the classical reading of Nari Brata and Kumari Brata into three parts. That is the vow of Bengal.
Why Famous Abanindranath Tagore?
Writer Ashutosh Majumdar wrote his book about Meyeder Bratakatha (Vows of Girls) mainly about women’s vows. Most of these vows are prevalent in Bangladesh and among the Bengali society. Differences in the observance of vows can also be observed among Bengalis in different regions. And some also operate under different names in some regions.
Different between feminine Vows and classical Vows
The rules and observances of some of the Meyeder Bratakatha (Vows of Girls) have been beautifully explained by the author in this book. Bhadra month Lakshmi pooja talk, Kojagari Lakshmi Puja talk, Shivratri, Bipattarini Bratokatha etc. has been analyzed beautifully. By reading this book one will get a good idea and know about ‘feminine vows’ and ‘classical vows’.
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