There is a high likelihood that you will be left mesmerised by the former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen as she performs the sacred dance ritual. The nine days of Navratri begins on Saturday 17 October and ends on Monday 26 October. This period in the Hindu calendar is a celebration of the nine forms of the Hindu goddess Durga.
Any Durga puja can never be complete without the dhunuchi naach which is an important part of the celebration. Bengalis usually go into a trance during such performances at ritual events like Navratri. Sen and her daughter were seen holding an incandescent earthen pot, with coconut husk and camphor, swaying to the beautiful rhythm of the drum known as dhaaki. Decked up in a sari for the performance, a beige coloured one that she paired with a red embroidered silk blouse. She created the perfect Bengali look, with her hair tied up in a neat bun, she rounded it out with a red bindi. Sharing the video on Instagram, she wrote, “#dhunuchinaach What a #divine feeling dancing with my babies in celebration of #shakti May the #incense burn strong & spread #positivity #love #hope & #kindness where ever it flows!!! #notunpollidurgotsav #sharing #happiness #duggadugga I love you guys!!!”
Watch Sushmita Sen perform here.
Dhanuchi naach is a devotional dance performed during Durga puja, performed balancing dhunuchis (bowls) filled with coconut husks, charcoal and powdered incense and camphor often called as dhuno.
Dhuno is the Indian equivalent of frankincense and the dhunuchi is a flared shaped earthen pot which is used to light the mixture. The aroma that smokes out is believed to have a purifying effect and regarded as sacred.
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