Kharchi Puja starts from today
By Discover Tripura Correspondent
Agartala: July 17: The 7-day-long Kharchi Puja started on Saturday in corona infection. Although the fair is closed, the benefactors will not have access. The fourteenth deity has to be worshiped like last year. Purnathis will be allowed to enter in accordance with the Covid rules. When 5 people come out, 5 more people can go.
Kharchi Puja has started by taking the fourteenth deity to Howra river Ghat on Saturday early morning. The guard of honour was first informed by the Tripura police after the fourteenth deity was brought out of the temple. Then the 14 deities were taken to the Howrah river near the temple. This kharchi puja started from the time when Rajbari of Tripura was in old Agartala during the kingdom period. Later Rajbari moved to present day Agartala but the temple of the family deity of the kings remained in old Agartala. There is a lot of mythological history about Kharchi Puja.
Later Rajbari moved to present day Agartala but the temple of the family deity of the kings remained in old Agartala. There is a lot of mythological history about Kharchi Puja. This practice is still prevalent. After the annexation of Tripura state to India, Tripura police gave guard of honour to 14 deities during the festival of this temple. Every year, devotees from Tripura, Assam, West Bengal and even Bangladesh come to this fair.
But due to the Corona epidemic, puja have been held as per the rules for the last two years but fairs and cultural events are not being held. This year too, there will be seven days of worship, but there will be no fairs and cultural events. It is obligatory for every devotee to wear a mask, wash his hands at the entrance and enter the temple, everyone should stand at a social distance in the marked place, no prasad can be offered, no prasad will be distributed from the temple. People below 10 years of age and above 65 years of age will not be allowed to enter the temple premises, the rules have been announced by the West Tripura district administration, BDO said.
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