Kharchi Puja a festival of TripuraKharchi Puja
In the Hindu month of Aaswad (July) in the city of old Agartala, a week-long festival is celebrated known as Kharchi Puja. In these seven days, 14 gods are worshipped in a temple called Chaturdash Devata Bari meaning the place of the 14 Gods. The priest performs many Rituals, thousands of devotees come across the country to witness the seven-day event. The Kokborok (A local Tribal language of Tripura) names of the fourteen deities are Lampra (Kam Dev), Akhata (Ganga), Bikhata (Himalaya), Burasa (Vishnu), Thumnairok (Kartika), Bonirok (Ganesh), Sangrongma (Samudra), Mwtaikotor(Buddhi), Twima(Bani), Songatrama(Shiva), Noksuma(Varun), Mailuma(Saraswati), Khuluma(Laxmi) and Hachwkma(Parvati). Folk tales say once upon a time there was a king named Trilochan who ruled over the region, one day his mother named Tripuri while bathing in a pond saw 14 people were being chased by mad wild buffalo and they asked her for help. She then took Risa (A traditional attire) throw it over the Buffalo and stopped its rampage, the 14 men and women were relieved. The very next day when she again visited that she says 14 idols of god were lying near the pond. She took them and started worshipping them. To date, during these seven days of the festival, a buffalo is being sacrificed to these 14 gods in memory of that incident. The puja is very much different from usual Hindu methods; it is more like a local traditional method. The tribal Hindu priest called Chantai performs all the main rituals of the event. Tripura government organise a large fair every year on account of this occasion and people of all sections take part in it and offer their payers to Gods.