International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development






ISSN Online: 2349-4182
ISSN Print: 2349-5979


International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2015)

Conventional religious beliefs and practices of the Rajbansis of North Bengal: An overview


Rajeswar Roy, Manadev Roy

The Rajbansis are the major ethnic group of North Bengal. They worship natural power such as the goddess of rivers, goddess of forests etc. They also worship ghost e.g. ‘bhuts’, ‘pettānies’ for their propitiation. The Rajbansi community effected and influenced by Brāhmanical traditions. As a result, they also follow and worship the Brāhmanical gods and goddesses such as Śivā, Nārāyana, Vishnu, Durgā, Kāli, Laxmi, Sarasvati, Manasā etc. Kirtana is the important practices of their religious life. In spite of that, they have some separate gods and goddesses as well as practices like Hudum deo, Bisohori, Gārām, Mecheni Khelā, Bās Khelā, Dharma Thākur, Māsān, Gorakhnāth, Sannyāsi, Tistā Buri, Bhāndāni and Dāngdhori Māo etc. The Rajbansis display their devotion to these gods and goddesses for saving them from various evils. Now a days, they like more to follow the Bengali culture and western cultures.
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