Kharchi Puja around the world in 2021

Kharchi Puja around the world in 2021
  How long until Kharchi Puja?
This holiday next takes place in 400 days.
  Dates of Kharchi Puja around the world
2022 IndiaJun 22
Tripura Wed, Jun 22Regional Holiday
2021 IndiaJul 2
Tripura Fri, Jul 2Regional Holiday
2019 IndiaJul 10
Tripura Wed, Jul 10Regional Holiday
2018 IndiaJul 20
Tripura Fri, Jul 20Regional Holiday
2017 IndiaJul 1
Tripura Sat, Jul 1Regional Holiday
  Summary
Tripura only. A festival to worship the dynasty deity of Tripuri people
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When is Kharchi Puja?

Kharchi Puja is an important festival celebrated in the Indian state of Tripura.

The holiday is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ashtami (eighth lunar day) day in the month of Ashad, which usually means it takes place in July.

Traditions of Kharchi Puja

The festival lasts for seven days and 14 gods are worshipped at the Chaturdasha temple near Old Agartala. The 14 deities are known as the Chaturdasha Devata and are Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Kartikeya, Ganesha, Earth, Ganga, Agni, Kama, Himavan and Varuna.

On Kharchi Puja, the gods are taken out from the temple and carried to be washed in holy water from a stream then taken back to the temple.

Kharchi is derived from ‘khya’ which means ‘earth’ and the festival marks the cleansing of Ama Pechi which is the female cycle of the earth goddess. During the festival, no ploughing, furrowing or tending to the soil is done to give it time to cleanse.

Despite the weeklong festival, the public holiday observed is only on one day. The festival of Ker Puja takes place in Tripura two weeks after Kharchi Puja.

Did you know?

Tripura is the third smallest state in India by area.

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