Kharchi Puja(Last Updated 30 May, 2022)
Kharchi Puja is one of the most renowned pujas in Tripura. It is a holy procedure of offering reverence to Mother Earth. People of various caste and creeds congregate collectively to present Mother Earth with a choice of fruits and flowers to make her happy and obtain her blessings. Tribal and Non-Tribal join hand in this holy Puja; the air hums in tune with the hallowed festive mood.
"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 why the people of Tripura worship the Earth God, who is said to sustain the human beings who reside in it. Attending this Puja is one of the incredible experiences that you must collect in your heart forever.
Description of the Kharchi Puja:
The Kharchi Puja continues for seven days and the people of Tripura, with complete dedication, offer worship to the Fourteen Deities popularly known as Kharchi Puja. Offerings to the Deity and the people's ardent hope to make her happy and get her blessings to carry on all around the week. It is a splendid scene; people dance, and Tribal and Non-Tribal fasten together to shell out honor to the great Mother Goddess Earth.
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 its children with fruits, water, and minerals. Without all these animals, lives would not survive. Thus the people of Tripura worship her with dedication and affection. To please the Mother Goddess, the people of Agartala offer sacrifices of Goats and Pigeons to the Deity. They know that "To cherish what remains of the Earth and foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival." Kharchi Puja is thus a multi-hued and impressive ceremony at Tripura.
Time for the Kharchi Puja:
The time for the Kharchi Puja is usually in July; it is said that the month of Sravana is the most auspicious time for the commencement of the Puja. So, Agartala witnesses a holy carnival with the advent of July- the month of constant rain when Mother Goddess is paid homage by sacrificing Goats and Pigeons.
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