garia puja festival
DatesStart Date: 21-04-2024 End Date: 21-04-2024
The Garia Puja is celebrated to worship Lord Garia in the form of a bamboo pole that is guarded with garlands and flowers to please the deity.
It is the biggest festival of Tripura, which lasts for seven days, and the seventh day is a regional state holiday. The Puja begins on the last day of the hindi month of Chaitra and the last day of the festival is celebrated is on the seventh day of the hindi month of Vaishakha.
Lord Garia is known as the Lord of the household; hence in order to ensure peace, harmony and wealth in the household, the Garia Puja is celebrated with utmost zeal and dedication.
In common language, Garia Puja is similar to what Ganesh Puja is. It was earlier just the festival of the tribunals of the Tripura but has now been taken upon by the non-tribunals as well. At a time, where the tribunals of the north-eastern part of India fight for their rights, this feast acts as a bridge and raises hopes for peace and harmony among people. A number of small fairs are also organized during the festival to add up to the colors of the festival, and people go for small marketing. The main ingredients used in the Puja are cotton thread, rice, riccha, chicken, eggs, rice beer etc.
The rituals are performed to please the deity of the household, which includes sacrificing eggs and fowls, which are symbols of fertility. This is an essential part of the festival. People make a long queue with eggs since the afternoon to make the sacrifices to Lord Garia, made of a bamboo pole and pray for the well-being and better yields of the plantations with lesser diseases in the coming year. The sacrifice is not only important to please the deity but also it signifies the coming year. A tribal priest, Chantai, forecasts the coming year on this basis. These days, due to the indulgence of the non-tribal people in the Garia Puja, the rituals are together performed by Chantai and the local Hindu priests.
The sacrifices also include the first harvest of the year, which is also performed by the royal priest. This tradition is being taken forward, and the cultural heritage is being continued. This Puja has now become a great platform for the tribal community people and the non-tribal people to jointly worship the deity and offer prayers.
Garia Dance is based on this festival. During the festival, youngsters sing, dance, and play drums as their contribution to the puja. A mass gathering of people can be seen at various places in Tripura like the Amarpuri Debbari to worship Baba Garia.
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