Ker puja

Ker puja is a festival held in Tripura, India.[1] Performance of the puja, which is typically held in August,[2] benefits the people and the state.[3] The celebration occurs two weeks after the Kharchi Puja to honor Ker, the guardian deity of Vastu Devata. It includes offerings, sacrifices, and a prescribed boundary which both safeguards people from calamities and saves them from external aggression.[4]

The puja was initiated by the Tripura rajas. Participation in the puja is required for the Halam tribe. For 2.5 days during the festival, entrances to the capital are closed, and participants, including the reigning sovereign, are not allowed to wear shoes, light a fire, dance, or sing.[1]

Ker Puja fell on 15 July in 2017.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Bhargava, Gopal K.; Bhatt, Shankarlal C. (2006). Land and People of Indian States and Union Territories: In 36 Volumes. Tripura. Gyan Publishing House. pp. 171, 174–. ISBN 978-81-7835-382-1. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Ker puja". Assam Tribune. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  3. ^ Barthakur, Dilip Ranjan (2003). The Music And Musical Instruments Of North Eastern India. Mittal Publications. pp. 57–. ISBN 978-81-7099-881-5. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  4. ^ Sharma, A. P. (8 May 2010). Famous Festivals of India. Pinnacle Technology. pp. 188–. ISBN 978-1-61820-288-8. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  5. ^ http://tripura.gov.in/holiday/2017