Garia Puja in Tripura(Last Updated 09 May, 2022)
"Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known." So, only if you love the god you may know how powerful he is. People adore Lord Garia for his eternal power. Garia Puja is celebrated in Tripura because the God Garia is supposed to provide livestock, peace, children and wealth. She is much like Mother Shasthi who gives children to the mothers and is worshipped by the married women. Garia Puja is celebrated with vigor and enthusiasm in Tripura.
It is a carnival of the ethnic tribal and is usually celebrated with a dance concert at the end. The majority of the tribal in Tripura follow the Shakti cult but the rest worship Lord Vishnu with heart and soul till today. Since they were the tribal and their religion has been traditionally modified by the Hindu Religion, their form of worship is mainly animistic. They consider that god subsists in the components of nature. To them all places are holy since in each and every place either good or evil spirit resides.
Description of the Garia Puja:
A bamboo pole that symbolizes the Lord Garia, the deity of livestock and wealth, is worshipped with flowers and garland. The main ingredients with which the Garia Puja is conducted are cotton thread, rice, riccha, fowl chick, rice beer, wine, earthen pots, eggs and wine. According to the age old tradition, the fowl is sacrificed before the deity and the blood of the fowl is strewn before the Lord to get his blessing.
The performance of the Garia Carnival is in agreement to the Ochai instructions. During the festival no one is allowed to cross the shadow of the symbolic god Garia, in fear of making him annoyed while doing so. During the Garia Festival the children play drums, sing and dance before the Lord Garia to appease him.
Time of celebration of the Garia Puja:
The Garia Puja is usually fêted in the last day of the month of Chaitra, during April. It is continued for seven days with pomp and glory, and is the most admired carnivals among the Tripurans. Garia is the compassionate deity of the household, so in order to keep the house in order and ensure peace and serenity inside the home; people worship Garia and celebrate this Puja with dedication and efficiency.