About Pola festival
Pola festival is a bull-respecting festival celebrated by farmers mainly in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. The festival marks the day when farmers worship their bulls. On the day before. The farmers decorate their bulls and, on this day, and then worship them to perform in the festival. From the following day of the festival the ploughing activities are started and seeds are sown in the fields. It is a very unique festival of Maharashtra where an animal is made the focus of the occasion.
When it is celebrated
Pola festival falls on the day of the Pithori Amavasya in the month of Shravana (usually in August). It occurs after the monsoon sowing and field work, typically in late August or early September.
Where it is celebrated
Pola festival is found among Marathas in central and eastern Maharashtra. A similar festival is observed by Hindus in other parts of India, and is called Mattu Pongal in south and Godhan in north and west India.
Since the olden day’s bulls had been used for agricultural purposes and also for other works. As per the Hindu mythology this animal is considered very holy as they help in a number of tasks and are considered as the best domestic animal. Maharashtra being an agricultural land performs this festival with a lot of grandeur to pay respect to this creature that helps the mankind in a number of ways.
During the celebration of this festival, the farmers worship the bullocks that are a major part of their farming tools. They make the bulls bathe, and then decorated with ornaments and shawls. Their horns are painted, and their necks are adorned with garlands of flowers.
The bulls do not work that day, and they are part of procession where farmers celebrate the crop season. A procession of the bullock is taken out in the villages. The procession is followed by lots of music and dance by the farmers. It is a joyful time for the farmers.
The first bullock to go out is an old bullock with a wooden frame tied on its horns. This bullock is made to break a rope of mango leaves stretched between two posts, and is followed by all the other cattle in the village.
In towns and cities, instead of worshipping bulls, people worship their statues, either wooden or earthen. Last but not the least, Puran Poli adds the perfect flavor to the festivities.
In this festival, a parade of decorated bulls is being conducted in the evenings followed by many dance and music.
The farmers side by side play instruments like drums, bugles, lezims, etc.
In some of the villages of Maharashtra, fairs are organized on this day where several competitions are conducted.
The major attractions of these fairs comprise of competitions and outdoor games like volleyball, wrestling, kabaddi, kho-kho, etc.
The farmers celebrate this day with many traditional dishes like kunbis, poli and karanji which are authentic Maharashtra’s dishes.
During this time the village attracts of lot of tourists from various states to witness how the villagers admire their cattle and celebrate one day in their dedication.
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