Garia puja Both the Tripuri and the Bengali communities in Agartala together celebrate their different festivals with much enthusiasm. The tribal community here celebrates different festivals round the year. Festivals like Buisu or Bisu (celebrated as New Year eve by Tripuri people), Garia and Gajan Festival (celebrated in the month of April), Hojagiri (worship of goddess Mailuma or Laxmi), Kharchi festival (celebrated in 'Chaudda Devatas bari, Old Agartala) and Ker festival (celebrated just after a fortnight of Kharchi Puja) etc are important festivals of the tribals. While the non tribal communities celebrate festivals like Durga puja, Diwali, Holi, Eid, Christmas among others with enthusiasm.
This religious festival is the most important festival of the Bengalis. It is celebrated through out the state, at the time of Dussehra in the month of September or October.
The Goddess are worshiped every year in the month of July for seven days which is popularly known as Kharchi Puja Large number of pilgrims both tribal and non tribal from different parts assemble there to pay their offers. The place is 6 km. Away from the Capital.Kharchi is one of the most popular festivals of Tripura. However, given the participation of people transcending the communities, it has gained a universal character. It is also said to have been influenced by the Brahmanical Hindus. The festival associated with the indigenous tribal deities is held in June-July at old Agartala. Only head-images are identified by various Brahmanical names like “Hara”, “Uma”, “Hari”, “Maa”, “Bani”, “Kumar”, “Ganesh”, “Brahma”, “Pritthi”, “Ganga”, “Abdi”, “Kamesh” and “Himadri”. These head-images have been accepted as popular deities by the Hindus of Tripura also. There are many legends about these fourteen deities floating in the state.
The tribals of Tripura perform Garia Puja on the seventh day of the month of Baisakh(April) for seven days. When the Puja is over. The devotees man and woman take to dancing.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.
It is one of the most important eligious festival of the Bengalis. This festival is observed at Tripura Sundari Temple, Udaipur. A big colourful fair followed by cultural programme is held during the festival.This festival is observed in Tripura Sundari Temple, Matabari, Udaipur, Gomati district. This is one of the fifty-one Hindu pithas of India which is recognised as a holy and sacred place in Tripura. Devotees from both tribals and non-tribals observe this festival with great enthusiasm and take bath in the lake of the temple paying their homage to Mother Kali. A grand fair is also organised during this festival for two days at the festive month October/ November.
Pous Sankranti Mela
Pous Sankranti Mela at Tirthamukh attracts devotees even from neighboring States. Thousand of people, tribal & travel every year on the occasion of Uttarayan Sankranti (on 14th January) at this place to take a holy dip in the river Gomati at its place of origination, known as Tirtha Mukh. Therea are various trips and tour packages that specially promoted to participate in Sankranti Mela festival.
An important festival of the State followed by a big fair popularly known as Ashokastami Fair" is beld at Unakoti Tirtha at Kailasahar Sub Division every year in March/April.
Dewali Festival Orange & Tourism Festival
orange & Tourism Festival is organized every year in Jampui Hill in the mnth of November during orange season Jampui Hill is the only Hill Station in Tripura where large number of oranges are grown.
Colourful Boat race is organized by the Information Cultural Affairs & Tourism Department every year at Rudrasagar lake.
Unakoti is ornamented with huge rock-cut images of gods and goddesses in the midst of liberal gift of nature. Call it a holy place a historical remains or a hill station, every denomination seems befitting. However, ‘Sitakunda’ or ‘Ashtamikunda’, a natural reservoir emanating from a romping spring of crystal water becomes the most tantalizing attraction to the people on Maghi Sankranti (in February) and Ashokastami when they, beating the shivering cold take dip into it. With the passing time Raghunandan Parvat of the past has given way to Unakoti, just 10 k.m. away from Kailashahar. Here nature has opened its heart out and the sculptors have staked their dexterity in full. Mesmerised by its vastness and uniqueness Archaeological Survey of India compared the archaeological remains of Unakoti with the famous sculptures of Mahabalipuram. It is also regarded the largest bas-relief, the sculptures carved on the face of a hill in India.
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