Ranchi: The festival of Sarhul which is dedicated to the worship of nature was celebrated by the tribal community across the state with traditional fervor and gaiety.
In the state capital of Ranchi procession was taken out during which members of the tribal community where found dancing to the tunes of traditional tribal musical instruments including Dhol Mandar and Nagada and also on the folk music numbers which were being played out by the DJs. Since in the procession tableau and vehicles decked with heavy musical instruments what taken out, therefore, power supply in major parts of the city was disconnected, the power supply was only restored after the procession return back to their original villages and clearance of the local police station area was received.
According to Tribal tradition and culture, Sarhul is a festival dedicated to worship of nature where people pray for good crops and produce from Mother Earth. On the other hand, it is also celebrated as part of the marriage between Earth and the Sun god. Chief Pahan (tribal priest) Jaglal Pahan has predicted that this year the rainfall will be more than the previous year which will be good for agriculture. It is part of the tradition where the pahan sees the water which is kept in an earthen pot and makes a prediction of the rains for the year.
The tableaus which were taken out by the different festival organizing committees showcased the traditional dress ornaments and traditions of the tribal community and also showcased their relationship with nature where people took a pledge to protect their Jal Jungle and Zameen. In wake of the festival, major changes were made in the traffic arrangements in the city as the movement of heavy vehicles was restricted inside the capital since yesterday night itself while today drop gates where erected at important junctures to prevent entry of vehicles into the roads in which the procession was being carried out. An elaborate number of security personnel including traffic jawans were also posted to ensure that the function goes on smoothly.