Ker Puja is an important Hindu religious festival that is a public holiday in the state of Tripura, in northeast India. The guardian God, called Ker, is worshipped at this time. The festival is observed for two weeks and commences at the end of the Kharchi Puja. Whereas Kharchi Puja is devoted to the 14 deities that comprise the dynastic deity, the Ker Puja is dedicated to the main guardian deity of the Vastu Devatha.
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|Saturday, 31 July 2021||Ker Puja||Tripura|
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History of Ker Puja
Ker Puja is performed two weeks after the start of Kharchi Puja. In between the two Pujas, a total of 14 different deities have been worshipped. The last part of this process of Ker Puja, where Ker is honoured, the guardian deity of the Vastu Devata.
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How is Ker Puja Celebrated?
During the Puja, entrances of the capital city of Tripura, Agartala is closed off to protect the area. The people here are restricted in many ways. They are not allowed to dance, wear shoes, or even light fires. Anyone not adhering to these rules is imposed with a fine and the Puja begins again.
During this time, the elderly, expectant mothers, and the sick are moved to villages nearby. This is done to prevent any mishaps that may occur. The ceremony begins with a loud bang on the morning of Ker Puja, indicating the start of Ker Puja. People during this time are discouraged from making any loud noises.
Why is Ker Puja Celebrated?
Ker Puja is celebrated as an offering of gratitude and obeisance to the guardian deity to save the people from any natural calamities or external aggressive forces. It includes various sacrifices and offerings to the deity.
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