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FOLK FESTIVAL OF BENGAL – GAJAN, CHARAK AND NEEL PUJA

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Amitabha Gupta

Gajan Sanyasi Embracing a Child Gajan Sanyasi Embracing a Child

Among the many folk festivals of Bengal, Gajan festival, Charak Puja and Neel Puja has a special place even in today’s modern age. Although it is celebrated predominantly in rural Bengal, the festival is till celebrated in some pockets of the Metro city of Kolkata.

Hindus celebrate the festival mainly on the last two days of the month of Chaitra.This period is known as Chaitra Sankranti, when Sun will enter Pisces sign. Chaitra Sankranti begins on 14th March of every year. People observe fast during this period devoting themselves to their God.

Discussing in details about this festival can take a long space, so I will try to compact and brief as possible.

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