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Kharchi Puja (July)
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." 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.
 
Ker and Garia Pujas Puja (April)
Ker and Garia Pujas are traditional tribal festivals of Tripura. Ker is celebrated two weeks after Kharchi Puja. The guardian deity of Vastu Devata is Ker the literal meaning of which is boundary or specified area. A large piece of bamboo when curved and twisted in a particular fashion takes the image of Ker. It is believed that in the ancient times, rulers used to perform this Puja for the general wellbeing of the people of the state. There are two age old beliefs which lie behind the ritualistic incantation of a specified boundary for the Ker Puja. The first one is to protect the interest of the people from any calamities, diseases, misfortunes and destitution. The other is to protect people against any external aggression. Offering and sacrifices constitute an important aspect of Ker Puja.
 
Ganga Puja (March/April)
After Navanna; the festival of new rice, Ganga Puja is celebrated in March/April every year. This is another remarkable tribal festival. Ganga, it may be recalled, is one of the fourteen deities of the land. Like Garia Puja, this too is a community festival. People gather by the streamside, pare three piece of bamboo into beautiful flowers, the villagers then build a temple with bamboos in the middle of the stream, and the ageless rituals take place amidst joy and splendour. God is propitiated by the sacrifice of goats, buffaloes and ganders to save the people from any epidemic.
 
 
 
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