Fourteen priests performing the rituals before the Kharchi Puja festival began on Wednesday

Agartala: Hundreds of devotees marked their presence at the Chaturdash Devata temple (14 Gods temple) at Old Agartala in Tripura to offer prayers during the week-long ‘Kharchi Puja’, one of the oldest and popular festivals of the state, on Tuesday.

Kharchi Mela was started by the kings of Tripura to worship 14 Gods and Goddesses in the Chaturdash Devata temple. Today, it is celebrated by the masses on a large scale every year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people of Tripura on Twitter. “Greetings to everyone, especially the people of Tripura on the start of the auspicious Kharchi Pooja. May Chaturdash Devata bless everyone with happiness, good health and prosperity.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishing the people of Tripura on the occasion of Kharchi Puja on Wednesday

Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb inaugurated the Kharchi Puja by lighting a lamp in the presence of state revenue and fisheries minister Narendra Chandra Debbarma, local MLA Ratan Chakraborty and other dignitaries.

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Addressing the inaugural session, Deb said that this year the seven-day Kharchi Puja mela will be celebrated with the theme of ‘Nesha Mukta Tripura and Save Water’.

Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb offering his prayers at Chaturdash Devata temple in Old Agartala on Wednesday

During the seven days of the festival, people, irrespective of their caste and culture, unite in celebration. People from across the world also visit this fair during this time of the year.

The week-long Kharchi Puja mela began on Wednesday


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