Agartala: Tripura is known for its rich culture, tradition and the 185 kings from the Manikya dynasty. The state witness and celebrate many age-old festivals and if you are travelling to the state make sure you choose your dates accordingly.
Garia Puja is one of the most celebrated festivals by the indigenous people of the state Tripura. A bamboo pole symbolizes Lord Garia, also known as the deity of livestock and wealth.
The Lord Garia is worshiped with flowers and garland along with cotton thread, rice, rice beer, wine, earthen pots, eggs, traditional riccha and fowl chicks.
The Garia festival is celebrated on the seventh day of the month Baisakh (April) according to Bengali calendar for 7 days.
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.
The week-long festival, one of the oldest and most popular, falls in July on eighth day of new moon; attracts hordes of devotees to Chaturdash Devata temple in Old Agartala.
Hundreds of devotees mark 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.
The Diwali festival in over 500 years old Tripura Sundari Temple takes place every year on the day of Diwali.
The Tripura Sundari Temple in Matabari under Udaipur sub-division in Gomati district celebrates the goddess Kali and devotees in thousands of number visit the ancient old heritage place.
The temple is also called to be the fifty-one pithas of India and is recognized as a holy and sacred place.
The grand festival takes place in the vicinity of the temple and people from both tribal and non-tribal communities mark their presence during the festival in the month of October/ November.
Neermahal water festival
Neermahal literally means water palace. The historic monument also called the ‘lake palace’ of eastern India, was built by Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur in 1939. It is surrounded by over 2,100 acres of water.
Every year in the month of August the locals and the state government jointly organise the ‘Neermahal Water Festival’ for three days with many programme and boat race in the Rudrasagar lake between many groups.
The festival is also organised in the month of December every year with some cultural events and performance during the winter season.
Poush Sankranti or Tirthamukh mela
The festival among the oldest festivals celebrated in the state on the occasion of Uttarayan Sankranti for a holy dip in the river Gomati in its place origination.
The devotees take a holy bath in Gomati river on the day when it marks the commencement of the Sun’s northern course- the last day of the month of Pousa (January).
The devotees both indigenous and non-indigenous mark their presence at this holy place from ages and thousands take the holy bath at a time on the day marking Poush Sankranti every year.
Many shave their heads and workshop the god in the name of their ancestors and worship the deities and perform individual rituals to propitiating the soul of departed ancestors in the two-day-long fair.