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Kharchi Puja

Kharchi Puja upsc notes
Festival celebrated in Tripura
Known as ‘Festival of 14 Gods’
Occurs on the eighth day of new moon
July or August each year
Source: IE
Festival revolves around
Worship of Chaturdasa Devata
Ancestral deity of Tripuri people
Showcases rich history and traditions
Word ‘Kharchi’ derived from Tripuri words
Meaning ‘sin’ and ‘cleaning’
Signifying cleansing of sins
Significance linked to belief
Presiding deity Tripura Sundari or Mother Goddess menstruates
During Ambubachi period in June
Earth becomes impure
Puja performed to clean Earth and wash away sins

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