People in large numbers join the Durga Mata Daud (run) expressing solidarity with each other and wishing a strong and better future for the younger generation. The run is organized annually by the Shri Shiv Prathisthan Hindusthan. The run is being organized for the past 20 years, in the initial couple of years the response was quite meager and now about 30,000 people participate as the run culminates on Dasara day.
The run is part of the Navaratri celebrations in which people from all walks of life, including children and the aged, participate with the single objective of expressing solidarity with and inspiring the youth to lead a healthy life free from intoxication and other evils of society. The run is also aimed at inculcating patriotic and brotherhood feelings and motivating the youth to work for building a strong nation, both economically and culturally. Children garbed in the colorful costumes of Shivaji and his mother, Jijabai, and soldiers lead the run in a chariot.
All along the run one can hear cheers and loud drum beats and prayers to Goddess Durga. It proceeded on different streets and lanes of the city in the early hours of the morning. Children who rarely get up early after watching pogo and Cartoon network get up early and get ready for the run. The run is welcomed in each street by the Yuvak Mandals. You can see beautiful Rangoli’s put up all along the route of the run. Each day from the first day of Navratri until Dasara the run is organized in different and predefined routes.
In this modern corporate world of Belagavi Marathon, Mumbai marathon and Delhi marathon, the scene here is also the same and well organized, the only fact there are no Corporates behind the arrangements.
The motive behind this Daud:
The young generation comes to know about history through books. However, they do not realize the hardships faced by Shivaji during his time. During Navratri, the motive of this run is to awaken the same feeling in the heart of the youngsters. In addition, the run aims to evolve a sense of patriotism and respect to religion and a wow to protect one’s religion.
Durga Mata Daud schedule 2019
5.45 AM Everyday
29 September – Shivaji Garden, SPM Road, Goods Shed Road ends at Kapileshwar Temple.
30 September – Ganesh Temple Rani Chennamma Circle, Khadak Galli, Sangolli Rayanna Circle, Shivaji Nagar, Gandhinagar, Durga Mata Mandir Fort.
1 October – Shivaji Colony Tilakwadi, Congress road, Maratha Colony, SV colony, Nehru Road, Mangalwar Peth, Goaves, Khanapur Road, Angol Cross, Harimandir, Chidambar Nagar, Mahalaxmi Temple Angol.
2 October – Basvanna mandir Sadashiv Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar, Nehru Nagar, Shivbasav Nagar Jotiba Mandir.
3 October – Shivteerth Congress road, Globe Cinema, High Street, Church street, Sanyukta Maharashtra Chowk
4 October – Durga mata Temple Khasbag, Nath pai circle, end at Mangai Mandir Vadgaon.
5 October – Maruti temple Maruti galli, Basvan Galli, Deshpande Galli, Kelkar bag, Samadevi Galli, Kal amrai ends at Dharmveer Sambhaji Chowk.
6 October – Ambabai temple Nath Pai circle, Shahpur, ends at Basveshwar circle.
7 October – Somnath Temple, Tahsildar Galli, Fulbag Galli, Patil Galli, Tilak Chowk, Shani Temple.