Kharchi Puja(Last Updated 05 Aug, 2021)
02/07/2021 - 02/07/2021
"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:
The Kharchi Puja continues for seven days and the people of Tripura with full dedication offer worship to the Fourteen Deities popularly known as Kharchi Puja. All round the week offerings to the deity and the ardent hope of the people to make her happy and get her blessings carry on. 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 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 Sravana 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.