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Traditional Jari Puja Observed ahead of Kharchi
TIWN June 26, 2020
Traditional Jari Puja Observed ahead of Kharchi
PHOTO : Jari Puja observed ahead of Kharchi puja. TIWN Pic June 26, 2020

AGARTALA, June 26 (TIWN): Ahead of traditional Kharchi Puja, Jari Puja has been completed with full devotion in Tripura, however, this year due to COVID-19 no gathering was observed and lockdown rules were strictly followed.

This a customary rule and a part of Kharchi Puja. This year Kharchi puja is also prohibited.

Keeping eyes on the 7 day long Kharchi, preparation is also on peak at Chaturdasha Devta Temple premises at Khayerpur.

The deities are originally tribal and were later adapted into the Hindu fold. All the deities have names in Kok-barok, the tribal language. It is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ashtami day in Ashad Month.

It is also decided that this year the number of the stalls will also be increased.  

Kharchi Puja is a weeklong festival. The rituals are conducted by tribal priests and the main priest is called ‘Chantai.’

Kharchi Puja  is observed at the Chaturdas Devata Temple at Old Agartala or Purana Haveli in Tripura. Kharchi Puja 2016 date is July 12. The highlight of the festival is the bathing ritual of 14 deities worshiped at the temple.

The main feature of this festival in Tripura is that, whether the festival is basically tribal or not, all people regardless tribal and non-tribal join the festival in a joyous mood and become part and parcel of it.

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