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July 9, 2012

Tripura residents celebrate Kharchi Festival

Agartala (Tripura): The weeklong Kharchi festival was celebrated with a lot of pomp and gaiety in Tripura recently. Thousand of tribal and non-tribal devotees assembled in the courtyard of the temple of the Fourteen Gods and offered their prayers. The festival sent a message of unity and brotherhood among different religions and communities. Kharchi Puja is one of the main festivals of Tripura, the pride of Tripura. Kharchi Puja is a worship of fourteen deities celebrated in the month of July. The word Kharchi is derived from Khya meaning earth. Kharchi puja is the worship of earth that sustains mankind with all her resources. Among the rituals, sacrifice of goats and pigeons at the alter is a usual feature of the festival.

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