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Khaparma Puja ཁ་འབར་མའི་གླུད་ཆོག་།

Khaparma Puja ཁ་འབར་མའི་གླུད་ཆོག་།

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Khaparma Puja
Karma (Khaparma) is an agricultural festival of diverse groups of tribal people such as the Ho, Mundadri, Oraon, Santhali, and Nagpuri tribes. In this festival, people worship the Karam Rani, the Goddess of wealth and children in the Hindu month of Bhado (August-September) on the 11th day of a full moon (Purnima).

This puja is performed in honor and thanksgiving of lord karma and request for a good harvest of the year. Lord karma is the god of power and youth. People go to the jungle and cut branches of the Karam tree to worship god karma. These branches are usually carried by unmarried, young girls.

Then branches are planted in the middle of the village and then decorated with flowers. Then bramhin of the town do the puja. This puja includes animal sacrifice where a fowl is killed and his blood is given to the branch.

On the next day, these branches plunged into the river near the village.

Tribal people believe that if unmarried girls fast for the day, the crops will be protected and they will have a good harvest throughout the year. However, they even believe that this festival and puja, if done sincerely, will get them good husbands as well.

The unmarried girls fast for their family’s health and safety during this Karam festival. Those who are married, fast for the day to have healthy children and happy married lives.

This Karam festival delivers a message to the whole world and especially the Indians that we all are dependent on land, water and forest; trees that sustain the environment must be worshiped, saved and planted more and more. Mother Nature,if treated well and worshipped, can take away all our sufferings and will shower us with all her blessings and resources. As we say, we belong to the Earth and not the Earth belongs to us. This festival is revered all across North Eastern India and many other communities are getting inspired by this festival.
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