Jugar Jatra of Bargarh district, Orissa

November 8, 2010 at 7:45 pm 4 comments

Following is a report from express buzz:

 BARGARH: The ‘Jugar Jatra’, a ritual of Kali puja unique to Bargarh district, was observed at Kuchipali village in Sohela block today. The Jatra was organised at Jhair village yesterday.

In order to usher in communal harmony and appease Goddess Kali, the festival is being organised in each village of the district every year.

Earlier, animals were sacrificed during Kali Puja but to do away with the practice, villagers decided to offer ‘Jugar’ to the Goddess. Jugar is a cone-shaped sweet made of mixture of fried paddy and jaggery.

 “The festival was started in Jhair village 42 years ago. Taking cue from Jhair, other villages followed suit,” said 65-year-old Murali Bhoi of the village.

 The preparation for the festival begins four months before when the right quality of jaggery and fried paddy are selected from which ‘Jugar’ is made.

 The bigger the ‘Jugar’, the more crowd it attracts. It is normally around eight-foot high and is taken around the village amid beating of drums to the altar of Goddess Kali. After the ‘Jugar’ is offered to the Goddess, it is distributed among villagers. The inhabitants believe that offering the ‘Jugar’ and distributing it among people brings peace and prosperity in the village.

 Not just people from within the district but also from neighbouring Chhattisgarh visit Bargarh to witness the ‘Jugar Jatras’.


Entry filed under: Bargarh, Jugar Jatra, Kosli Culture, Region watch.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lokeswar budhia  |  June 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Jay maa kali
    in kuchipali
    how are my dear villages.

    Kalipuja kebhen band nei karba

    son of ghanashyam budhia

  • 2. Alok  |  October 31, 2012 at 7:07 am

    The Maa Kali Puja and Jugar Jatra was started by couple of people from Kuchipali 28 year Back…to spread the word of communal harmony and to stop the Bali Pratha ( killing of animal )….

    Now a days the Jugar Jatra is so famous, people from other states also coming to offer the Jugar, which is made of of 21 KG Lia ( Puffed rice ) + 1 Mathia Gud ( approx. 20 KGs of Jaggery made of sugar cane juice ).

    Now other villages like Jhar/Tadba/Sargi Bahal are also following the treand and offering Jugar to Maa Kali, insted of Blood of animals.

  • 3. abc12345  |  November 6, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Jay maa shyama kali sabu Dina tor chhatar chaya tale rakhithibu.fm_Ranjan

  • 4. Md.salim  |  March 16, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Jai ma Kali. Jugarjatra amkusamku gute suta thin bandhi rakhu,eta ma kali thane mor prarthna..


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