Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Jan 15: Goddess Tusu, the presiding deity of bringing in harvests, is one of the major festivals celebrated in Jharkhand. Marked with gaiety, Tusu Parab is celebrated for peace, prosperity and progress and thanks giving to the Goddess for the new harvest.
Traditional Tusu songs with a blend of old and new lyrics are sung in every home while delicious Gur Pitha or Pitha made of oil, Arwa rice and jagery release an exotic aroma that permeates in every home.
While an equally important Baudi Utsav was observed today, Tusu Parab will be celebrated tomorrow, Wednesday, January 15 with piety, gaiety and regalia.
The Pitha is distributed among neighbours, relatives and guests and for making new friendships. Sonari resident Astik Mahto’s wife Gita Mahto and Kamal Mahto’s spouse Jyotsna Mahto were preparing delicious Pithas. Gita Mahto said, “We celebrate Makar Sankranti every year in a traditional manner. Actually, Pitha is a means to share our joys by distributing these ritualistic and sweet delicacies.
Dip in Domohani waters, doing charity
On the occasion of Makar Sankranti on Wednesday, devotees will take a deep in the Swarnrekha-Kharkai confluence, Domohani in Sonari, perform worship and engage in charity to earn the blessings of Goddess Tusu. A huge crowd gathers from before the crack of dawn and continues the ceremonial rituals till well into the day.
Mela at Sonari today, Gopal Maidan on Jan 21
Huge fairs are organized at various places in and around the city on Makar Sankranti. People from various localities arrive at these fairs with attractive idols of Tusu and Chaudal and the winners are handsomely rewarded. The huge crowd witnessed on this occasion signifies the importance of this festival. Jharkhand Sanskritik Kala Kendra will organize Tusu Mela at Sonari Domohani on Wednesday where many dignitaries will be present. Such fairs will also be organized at Bhuiandih, Pardih, Birsanagar, Bhilai Pahari and other places on different dates.
Gopal Maidan will be the Venue of Tusu Mela on Tuesday, January 21 where thousands of people from far and near converge to participate in traditional dances and songs. People come along with Tusu and Chaudal idols decorated and dressed attractively. Winning groups take home many prizes. Even consolation prizes are worth thousands of rupees.