Whips, Navratri Fasting, Kanya Puja: Leaders Follow These Traditional Rituals and More

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel was seen in a video on Tuesday with a whip on his hand. The video he tweeted is from Durg district, where CM Baghel joined a rally on the occasion of “Gauri-Gaura Puja” and was severely beaten with a whip during a religious ritual.

“It is a popular belief that on the occasion of Gaura-Gauri Puja, suffering from stone blows, averts evil and brings prosperity,” CM Baghel tweeted.

Leaders of several states and Prime Minister Narendra Modi all continue to follow certain rituals despite their schedules and public engagements. While CM Yogi Adityanath of Uttar Pradesh performs ‘kanya puja’ every year, PM Modi observes his annual Navratri fast without fail.

Here is a list of leaders and the rituals they are known to follow:

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath during his two day visit to Gorakhpur from UP today performed ‘Kanya Pujan’ on the ninth day of Navratri at Gorakhnath Temple.

UP CM was in Gorakhpur to participate in various Durga Puja events. After ‘Kanya Pujan’, he also participated in the ‘Tilakotsav’ program of Gorakshpeethadhishwar in the afternoon.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is observing a sacrosanct nine-day Navratri fast despite public appearances and a grueling schedule. PM Modi is a vegetarian and loves simple Gujarati cuisine. He observes a nine-day fast during Navratri, an annual Hindu festival observed to worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga.

During the fast, the Prime Minister chooses to eat only fruit or fruit juice.

Modi once wrote on his blog that the Navratri fast is his annual self-purification exercise, which gives him strength and the ability to converse with Ambe Maa every night.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee played the dhak – a traditional drum-like instrument – at the inauguration of a community Durga Puja in Kolkata this year.

The Chief Minister inaugurated the Suruchi Sangha Puja Pandal with Minister of State and Mayor of Kolkata Firhad Hakim, ANI news agency reported.
Banerjee also danced the dandiya, during a pandal in Chakraberia, Ballygunge, Kolkata, sportingly snapping the dancing sticks together while others swirled around her.

TRS MLC Kavitha

Telangana Rashtra Samiti MLC Kavitha participated in the Bathukamma festival celebrations held at a mini stadium, Metpalli. She performed Bathukamma with other women. Addressing the gathering, Kavitha said Bathukamma is the festival closest to her heart. She also said that the women of the state started preserving the tradition of the Bathukamma festival after the establishment of the Telangana movement.

This year, in September, Kavitha was officially invited to participate in the Bathukamma festival by the Australian parliament.

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