Sarhul Traditional Story – The Folk Sarhul Story

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According to the folk believe, the son of a widow killed the Sarem Boodhi and he was really courageous. This is something they say can be heard anywhere. The Sarem Boodhi was a demon and she was killed by the simple tools and weapons like sticks etcetera. That is why this festival is also called (khaddar gahi khaddi) meaning, the festival of the kids. This message was then streamed to many other villages on different days soon within some months and as it spread, people began celebrating it. That is why this festival is celebrated on different days.

This festival is celebrated after the Phaagun month (hindi month) on the Tritiya, Saptami and Navami. In some places it is celebrated by the days like Tuesday or Saturday. This festival is celebrated after Phaagun, till Jeth.

This festival is celebrated sitting and singing and eating under the Sal tree in Jharkhand. In this function, the person is designated with the work he does. For example, the person who brought the knife and soop (a container) from his/her house is designated as ‘Pahaan'. The person who brought water in a broken pot is called ‘Pujaar'. The person who uses any musical instrument is made to play it on the occasion.

Sarhul festival is the biggest festival of Sarna followers. It is also called the worship of earth (Khekhel Beja). In this festival, mainly the Sun and the earth are bound in bindings. That is why before the Sarhul pooja, no one eats a new fruit etc. In the Sarhul Pooja, together with the earth and the sun, sacrifices are given. Every year the ultimate birth giver of the world, the earth is done with marriage rituals. After this only the race succeeds. After this only new fruits etc. are eaten.

This is the traditional belief about the festival of Sarhul. To know more about Sarhul festival, follow the links given below.


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