Saptami – Durga Puja 2023 – 21 October
Around daybreak, a banana tree is immersed in holy water to mark the start of Saptami. After that, the tree is decorated with flowers, incense, and sandalwood paste and offered sacrifices. This is known as kola bou, or the “bride of a banana plant.” It is positioned next to Lord Ganesha to signify its status as the latter’s recently wed spouse.
The sacred bath of the Nabapatrika, also known as the nine leaves, is another symbolic rite performed during Kola Bou devotion. It is made up of the leaves of nine different plants, each of which represents a different aspect of Shakti: Brahmani (banana), Kalika (colacassia), Durga (turmeric), Kartiki (jayanti), Shiva (wood apple), Raktadantika (pomegranate), Sokrahita (ashoka), Chamunda (arum), and Lakshmi (paddy). Nabapatrika is given a river bath (snan) (Ganga in Kolkata). Leaves are attached to Koyala and Aparajita plants, the Nabapatrika is created. Additionally, it symbolises Goddess Durga’s triumph over Mahishasura.