Raipur and Gariyaband Tour Overview
RAJIM KUMBHA MELA: (31st January to 14th Feb. 2018)
Rajim kumbha is the grand festival, which has been celebrated at Rajim (three holy rivers the Mahanadi, the son and the pair mingling point, popularly known as the Prayag of Chhattisgarh) with thousands of devotees lots of saints and Naga sadhus participate the holy deep of the festival.
BASTAR DUSSHERA: (25th Sept.- 1st Oct. 2017)
The main festival of Bastar is Dusshera which spans over 75 days. It starts it Haryali Amavasya and involves participation of almost all people of the society. It has been celebrated for hundreds of years. Unlike the rest of India, where Raavan is burnt to mark the victory of good over evil, Bastar ( Jagdalpur)Dusshera involves Functions like Kaachan Gaadi, Jogi Bithai, Maavli Parghav, Bhitar Raini, Baahar Raini, Chariot Procession, and Maiji’s Vidai.
Gonncha is yet another festival of Bastar. There is chariot procession in the city. Tupki’s made by Tribals and pengs acquired by them for the same can be heard everywhere in the city (Jagdalpur). Locals and tribals get together to celebrate the festival.
HOLI :( 2nd MARCH 2018)
The colourful festival of Holi is celebrated with a zest. At midnight, the main priest of goddess Dnateshwari and the present king - Maharaja of Bastar along with his procession dressed up in the royal attire leave for Madpal for Holika Dahan. It is only after Maharaja lits the Holika Dahan at Madpal . A sight to witness where in the Maharaja sits on the wooden chariot made by the tribes and pulled by them. Dry colours are played, sweets are distributed and people go to each others houses to wish them.
Mandai’s are yet another colourful festivals of the tribals celebrated on different days in different villages. Bastar King is invited to offer prayers to the village deity.