Tribals of Tripura Celebrate Ganga Festival

TRIPURA, INDIA, feb 6 : Tribals in Tripura recently celebrated the Ganga festival Tuesday in worship of the holy river Ganga, which is revered as divine by millions of Hindus in India and worldwide.

Members of about five tribal communities gathered by the river Howrah and traditionally peeled off three pieces of bamboo into beautiful flowers. Then they created a temple made of bamboo sticks in the middle of the river.

A group of tribal priests performed the rituals and offered prayers at the newly constructed temple.Ganga puja is celebrated every year in February-March, after the observation of Navanna, the festival of new rice. The tradition had been gradually losing ground, but the state authorities have now come forward to support the local residents and religious-minded to celebrate the auspicious festival....