Durga Puja: Dhunuchi dance is a unique dance performed in the divine presence of Maa Durga

Durga Puja is an auspicious Hindu festival dedicated to Goddess Durga, which is considered to symbolize the victory of good over evil. Especially for Bengalis, the occasion is important and Durga Maa becomes a beloved household presence.

The festival usually lasts for several days filled with happiness, food and dancing.

Dhunuchi Naach, also known as Dhunuchi dance, is a traditional dance performed during Durga Puja. It is a unique and vibrant dance form that holds cultural and religious significance during the festival. Here’s what you need to know about it.

Durga Puja: What is Dhunuchi dance?

In Dhunuchi dance, the dancers are holding Dhunuchi, which is a type of clay incense stick. Dhunuchi is filled with burning coconut husk and fragrant incense, creating a smoky and fragrant atmosphere. The dancers balance the dhunuchi in their hands while moving to the tune of traditional dhol music and the sound of conch shells. They perform intricate and rhythmic dance moves, spin, dance and create beautiful patterns in the air with the smoky dhunuchi.

Dhunuchi dance is a devotional dance dedicated to Goddess Durga during Durga Puja. It is done to seek the blessings of the Goddess and to express devotion and gratitude. Holding the burning Dhununchi symbolizes the offering of light, fragrance and devotion to the deity.

It is mentioned in religious texts that when Goddess Durga fought with Mahishasura for 9 days, she is known as Mahishasura Mardini. When they fought, the devotees of Goddess Durga performed this dance to fill them with strength and power. This dance style is quite vigorous and requires a lot of effort. Many people cannot do it perfectly and it takes time to learn. In West Bengal, Durga Puja committees organize events and competitions for the Dhunuchi Naach dance.

Dancing with Dhunuchi is an old tradition in the last few days of Durga Puja. Men and women wearing their special kurtas and sarees perform this devotional dance to the beats of Dhak (traditional drum) in the presence of Maa Durga.