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. â€˜bhutsâ€™, â€˜pettÄniesâ€™ for their propitiation. The Rajbansi community effected and influenced by BrÄhmanical traditions. As a result, they also follow and worship the BrÄhmanical gods and goddesses such as ÅšivÄ, NÄrÄyana, Vishnu, DurgÄ, KÄli, Laxmi, Sarasvati, ManasÄ 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, GÄrÄm, Mecheni KhelÄ, BÄs KhelÄ, Dharma ThÄkur, MÄsÄn, GorakhnÄth, SannyÄsi, TistÄ Buri, BhÄndÄni and DÄngdhori MÄo 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.