Traditional festival ‘Pola’ losing sheen in Bhilai

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Sep 2018 11:56:23



Staff Reporter


Pola, the traditional local festivals, which was once considered as the events of family get together and enjoyment has lost its sheen in steel city, although they are being celebrated with verve and enjoyment in villages till date. This year, the Pola festival is scheduled to be conducted on September 9, Sunday. Earlier, the local markets used to get flooded with ‘pola-jatha’ (earthen bulls and utensils made of mud) for the festival and people use to purchase them with delight. But now only few potters in the city can be seen selling such articles.

Over the year, popular festivals like Pola, Hareli and others are in the verge of existence from steel city. Mamta Bai, a vendor from Circular Market said that from the last several years, she is engaged with the business of making earthen bulls and utensils made of mud for Pola and other festivity, but now it has become very difficult for her to earn her livelihood by selling earthen articles. Her sons are least interested to continue her work and are engaged in other work.

Pandit, Harish Chandra Pandya informed that Pola Festival, also known as Pithori Amavasya is celebrated during Sharavana or monsoon and lays great emphasis on treating the bestial creatures with due respect. The objective behind the festive celebrations is to pay respect to the bullocks, without which the country’s economy and agriculture would be in deplorable shambles, he added. Mankuram Sahu informed that the rituals commence with the farmers adorning their bulls with decorating garments, embellishing their bodies with turmeric powder, garlanding the beast and finally offering them holy food.