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Charak Puja 2023: Witness Devotion Overcoming Danger in Assam's Silchar

Scenes at Charak Puja 2023.

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Charak Puja or the Bengali festival of penance, is popular in East India and the Bengali inhabited areas of Northeast India. 

During this, groups of men and women spend a month fasting from sunrise to sunset and surviving only on fruit. On the day of the 'charak', people construct bamboo stages on top of poles, at a height ranging from three to five meters. The devotees step up onto the high bamboo stage, and with ropes attached to them, hurl themselves forward. Some devotees walk on burning on embers or sleep on bed of nails.

Scenes at Charak Puja 2023.

Devotee dressed as goddess Kali.

(Photo: Debodeep Deb)

Scenes at Charak Puja 2023.

Devotee dressed as goddess Kali.

(Photo: Debodeep Deb)

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Devotees believe that by satisfying Lord Shiva, the festival will bring prosperity by eliminating the sorrow and sufferings of the previous year.

The organisers of the festival go from village to village to procure the necessary components like paddy, oil, sugar, salt, honey, and money for the rituals. 

On the midnight of 'sankranti' or just a day before the Bengali new year, the worshippers gather to worship Shiva and Durga for success. 

Scenes at Charak Puja 2023.

Preparations of puja.

(Photo: Debodeep Deb)

Scenes at Charak Puja 2023.

Devotee lying on a bed of nails.

(Photo: Debodeep Deb)

Scenes at Charak Puja 2023.

Devotee getting ready.

(Photo: Debodeep Deb)

Scenes at Charak Puja 2023.

Kali dance at Charak Puja.

(Photo: Debodeep Deb)

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