The last day of Navaratri celebrates an interesting tradition. On this day many people organize a special fest for young girls. In Hindu traditions, it is believed that a young girl is the purest. A young girl is away from the lies, manipulations and any kind of sin. Their heart is so innocent that it is believed that Goddess Durga herself resides in their hearts. Especially during Navratri, little girls are requested to visit the homes of people so that they can shower their blessing. However, we live in a country that is now suffering from various issues related to women’s safety. Every day there is shocking news about mistreatment and abuse towards women. This is a complete contrast to the notions and ideas that Kanya Pujan stands for. It is shocking to see that even little girls are not spared of such horrors.
What is the significance of Kanya Pujan?
The term Kanya is used for the girls that are yet to achieve puberty. In Hindu traditions in India, it is believed that girls are a form of Goddess herself. This is because of the fact that young girls are not involved in any negative thoughts and notions. They are pure and selfless. Therefore, they are worshipped on the ninth day of Navratri. However, the question arises is despite this tradition where a young girl is the reincarnation of the Goddess herself why are women objectified and treated in horrible and disturbing.
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Why people treat women as object rest of the days?
The most visible cause of this problem is the way our society is divided on the basis of gender. Ever since the birth, a girl has to face all sorts of discrimination. Boys are raised in a way that makes them believe that they have right to treat women as their property. It is important to note that this kind of discrimination is not just faced by girls in the rural background, even the girls in the city face the similar treatment.
Women’s bodies are treated as an object for male gaze in movies, songs and posters. This promotes the notion that a woman’s body is not her own. Every a new song or an item song promotes this idea of objectification that becomes a weapon for society to objectify and leer at the woman. Even at homes, young girls who are not young enough to understand the meaning of the word objectification are treatment in a less human way.
Even at homes, young girls who are not young enough to understand the meaning of the word objectification are treatment in a less human way. The news of girl abuse, molestation and rape are so common that people fail to see how big of a role objectification plays in. Many Indian men find it hard to understand the meaning constant and they treat a woman as an object.
Young girls everywhere in India feel afraid to step out of their house due to constant ogling and mistreatment. The main reason behind this the corrupt mentality and influence of cheap and degrading content.
So, it is important to know and understand that if you give young girls the status of Goddess during Navratri, they why can’t people treat women and girls like humans rest of the days. It is important to note that change begins with one person. So, this Navratri, make the Kanya Pujan special for women and girls everywhere. (Also read: Navratri Special: How Hawan Helps Us Both In Spiritual And Scientific Ways)