Now, let’s talk about other rituals being performed during Bastar -Dashhara.
This is the third ritual. I have already mentioned other rituals in my previous blogs.
Please click the links below to know about them.
Kalash Sthapana (Urn-establishment) third ritual
and Jogi Bithai ( Yogi sitting in penance ) fourth ritual
For the fifth ritual, please click the link below the fifth ritual
I would talk about Kalash Sthapana first.
Kalash Sthapana or establishment of urn is the fourth ritual being performed soon after the ritual called Kachhan Gadi (formal permission by deity Kachchan to start the festival Dashhara )
Navratra and Dashhara begin with the establishment of the urn at all the sacred places like temples & shrines. Urn-establishment is done on every auspicious occasion in Indian society so is on Dashharha too. The urn is presented at every holy place at the onset of Dashhara which include Danteshwari temple, Mawali Temple, Shitala Temple, Kankali Temple, Karnakotin Temple and Hanuman Temple located at the southern gate of the area. Lord Vishnu and Hanuman Chandi Baglamukh are also worshipped during rituals.
350 deities are worshipped and said to have visited Bastar from all over the region during the festival of Dashhara.
Looking at the mass visit of deities across the region, Dashhara is the biggest religious event of the tribal in Bastar.
This is the fourth ritual. A man from Halba community sits in penance at the Sirahasaar Bhawan with a view to an unabated celebration of Dushhara. He sits there for nine days together without food or water. This ritual is called Jogi Bithati (Yogi’s sitting in penance)
For that, a special pit is made at the building called Sirhasar where the man from Halba community sits every year in prayers to the goddess to run the festival smoothly.
The circumambulation of the chariot begins from the day. People from all over the world come to witness the chariot-circumambulation and the rest of the rituals being performed during these days.
District administration also sets up an exhibition to show its development and schemes launched for the welfare of the tribal. Thus Lokotsav (folk- festival) also begins simultaneously. In this way, people are bustling here in Bastar for almost 30 days together.
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