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Bhogi-The Festival of Harvest
Feb 05, 2017
Bhogi-The Festival of Harvest

Bhogi is the 1st day of Pongal and is well known in honor of Lord Indra, "the God of Clouds and Rains". Lord Indra is worshiped for the abundance of harvest, thereby bringing plenty and prosperity to the land. For this reason, at the present time is often referred to as Indran. On Bhogi every person cleans out their houses, and collect all unwanted goods. At the moment is meant for home pursuits and of being together with the household contributors.

The entire houses from the rich to the poor are absolutely scrubbed and whitewashed. Properties are cleaned and decorated with "Kolam" - ground designs drawn in the white paste of newly harvested rice with outlines of pink mud. By and large pumpkin flowers are set into cow-dung balls and placed among the patterns. Contemporary harvest of rice, turmeric, and sugarcane is brought in from the area as guidance for the following day.

Puja

A unique Puja is performed on the first day of Pongal before the slicing of paddy. Farmers worship the sun and the earth by means of anointing their plows and sickles with sandalwood paste. It is with these consecrated instruments that the newly-harvested rice is reduced.

The Bonfire

Another ritual observed on nowadays is Bhogi Mantalu when vain family articles are thrown into a fireplace made from wood and cow-dung truffles. Girls dance across the bonfire, singing songs in praise of the gods, the spring and the harvest. The value of the bonfire, where is burnt the agricultural wastes and firewood is to hold warm in the course of the final lap of iciness.

In Telugu states, especially in Andhra Pradesh this day is celebrated through women burning their old clothes and carrying the brand new ones after an oil therapeutic massage and bathtub. Then follows Pongal Panai, a ritual where new earthenware pots are painted and embellished with turmeric,  mango leaves, and flowers.

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We wish all our readers and well-wishers a happy Bhogi.

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