Pola Festival Maharashtra
Are you aware of the Pola festival of Maharashtra? Most people are not. Let’s understand why the festival is so important for farmers. Pola is the day when the farmers especially from the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra worship bulls and even decorate them. This day falls on the Kushopatini Amavasya i.e. the full moon day in the month of Shravana.
On this special day the farmers first of all give a good bathe to their bulls and then decorate them with beautiful ornaments. Then the bulls are offered prayers by the farmers and are also given special food to eat. It is way in which the farmers show their gratitude towards the bulls for their assistance in the agricultural works. 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.
History of the attraction
Since the olden days 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.
Highlights rituals of the festival
– In this festival, a parade of decorated bulls is being conducted in the evenings followed by many dance and music.
– In some of the villages of Maharashtra, fairs are organized on this day where several competitions are conducted.
– 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.
Importance of the Pola Festival of Maharashtra for farmers
Pola teaches every human being to respect animals and there is an assumption that on this day the sky looks as if wheat floor is spread all over. That’s the reason why this festival is also called as Pithori Amavasya. And as soon as this festival gets over activities like sowing and ploughing take place. Happy Pola festival to all our hardworking farmers!
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