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Tripura CM inaugurates traditional ‘Kharchi Puja’

Agartala, Jul 20 (IANS) | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 12:26:24 AM IST
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Friday inaugurated the seven-day long “Kharchi Puja” at Puran Habeli, seven km from the state capital.
The centuries-old Puja was inaugurated by the Chief Minister in the presence of a host of ministers and dignitaries, officials said. The annual festival is meant to cleanse the sins of mortal souls. Originally a Hindu tribals’ festivity, it is now observed by all communities and religion.
With colourful marquees, illuminations, religious rites and chanting of the ‘mantras’ amid drum beats, the festival features 14 deities -- Shiva, Durga, Vishnu, Laxmi, Saraswati, Kartik, Ganesha, Brahma, Abadhi (God of water), Chandra, Ganga, Agni, Kamdev and Himadri (Himalaya).As per the tradition, the week-long festival began with a procession. 
All deities and priests were escorted by the Tripura Police personnel, who also presented a guard of honour for the chief royal priest known as “Raj Chantaia”. 
“The worship starts with the dipping of 14 deities in the Howrah river, followed by the sacrifice of 108 animals in the presence of hundreds of thousands of devotees, all at government expense,” writer and historian Subhash Das told IANS.

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