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Kharchi Puja

Kharchi puja –  2 July 2021

“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and though distant, is close to us in spirit – this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.” This is perhaps the reason why the people of Tripura worships the Earth God, who is said to sustain the human beings who resides in it. Kharchi Puja is one of the most renowned Pujas in Tripura.

It is a sacrosanct procedure of offering reverence to the Mother Earth. People of various caste and creed congregate collectively to present the Mother Earth with a choice of fruits and flowers in order to make her happy, and thereby obtain her blessings. Tribal and Non Tribal joins hand in this holy Puja; the air hums in tune with the hallowed festive mood.

Description of the Kharchi Puja:

Kharchi Puja is a Hindu festival from Tripura, India. Performed in Agartala in July or August, the festival involves the worship of the fourteen gods forming the dynasty deity of the Tripuri people. Kharchi Puja is one of the most popular festivals in Tripura. It’s a week-long royal Puja which falls in the month of July on the eighth day of the new moon and attracts thousands of people. Kharchi Puja is basically done to worship the earth. All of rituals are of tribal origin, which includes worshipping of fourteen gods and mother earth. The Puja is performed to wash out the sins and to clean the post menstrual phase of mother earth’s menstruation.

Agartala is the place of worship where people from all parts of the country gather and pay due homage to the Deity. The earth is supposed to sustain her children with fruits, water and minerals. Without all these animal life would not survive. Thus the people of Tripura worship her with dedication and affection. To please the Mother Goddess, the people of Agartala offers sacrifices of Goats and Pigeons to the deity. They know that “To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.” Kharchi Puja is thus a multihued and amazing ceremony at Tripura.

Time for the Kharchi Puja:

The time for the Kharchi Puja is usually in the month of July; it is said that the month of Shravan is the most auspicious time for the commencement of the Puja. So, Agartala witnesses a holy carnival with the advent of the July-the month of incessant rein when Mother Goddess is paid homage by sacrifice of Goats and Pigeons.

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