5 Seeds of Grains

The Goddess Durga is also identified with a ghata, pot, containing edible fruits and plants from the navapattrika together with Ganges water. The pot is set on moist dough scattered with the seeds of five grains. The priest recites a prayer identifying the pot with amrta, the immortal nectar of the gods. Durga as the pot symbolises the power of growth of the grains and the source of the power of life which gave the gods immortality.

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