Tripura (Kharchi Puja)

  • Kharchi Puja is the festival which is the pride of the residents of Tripura.
  • The festival involves a unique theme of worshiping the earth for providing it’s extraordinary qualities.
  • It ends up with sacrifices of cattle to the Earth God.
  • It is performed in the month of July August on the eight day of new moon.
  • The fourteen gods are worshipped by the royal priest Chantai.
  • They are all Tripuri by birth, and it is hereditary one.
  • The word Kharchi is derived from two Tripuri words 'Khar' or Kharta meaning or Sin, 'chi' or si meaning cleaning.
  • Final meaning is cleaning of the sins of the people or the kingdom.
  • Final meaning is cleaning of the sins of the people or the kingdom.
  • The Khachi puja is performed after 15 days of Ama pechi or Ambu bachi.
  • According to Tripuri legends Ama Pechi is menstruation of mother goddess or earth mother.
  • So the soil is not ploughed or digging of any where on this day.
  • Kharchi puja lasts for seven days, the festivals is held at Old Agartala, at the temple premises of fourteen gods.
  • On day of puja, the fourteen deities are carried to river Saidra, it is bathed in the holy water and brought back to temple.
  • They are placed in the temple again, decorated by various flowers, put up vermillion in the fore head of deities.
  • Every day lots of people throng in the festivals both Tripuri and non-Tripuri participate in the festivals.

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