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Hindu Festivals in Bundelkhand

 
  Home decoration done on occasion of Nag Panchami

Nag Panchami, Raksha Bandhan, Janmasthami, Dashera, Deepavali, Shiv Ratri, Makar Sankrant and Holi are the main Hindu festivals celebrated in Bundelkhand.

In urban areas, youth groups have started organising a nine-day Ganesh festival, on the lines of celebrations in Maharashtra. Navratri, which follows soon after the Ganesh festival, is also celebrated in towns with pomp.

While Hindu festive occasions are celebrated the way they are usually done in north India, the savouries cooked at home, and decorations done, are quite unique to the region. There are also several sub-regional and tribal variations.

One example is `Navanna’, a festival after Diwali when cows are fed with new corn, before food is consumed by the families. Common across several parts of Madhya Pradesh, Navanna is observed in MP Bundelkhand specifically on the eleventh day after Diwali.

The same event is celebrated by Gond tribals in a different way. They make offerings of green paddy to the Saj tree and then to deities like Bhavani Mata Holera Dev (cattle deity) and Rat Mai (night mother).

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