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Bhagta Parab Festival

Bhagta Parab, often referred to as the festival of devotees, falls either in the end of spring season or in the beginning of summers. It is popularly known as worship of Budha Baba among the tribals of Jharkhand. The devotees observe fasting, and in the evening, they carry Laya, the village priest, from the bathing pond to the temple.

A unique ritual is that when Laya gets out of the pond, the devotees create a chain by locking their thighs with each other, and offer their chest to Laya to walk over. After the worship and rituals, they perform Chhau Dance in the evening. A primitive sport of bravery is conducted on the next day of festival.

Updated on 15th January, 2016


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