Ranchi, Sept 14, 2016: As the ethnic nature festival, Karma got under way on Monday, Ranchi rejoiced with the popular Karma dance on the beat of drums and melodious folk songs, dressed in the old and classical apparel and with a taste of the local delicacies.
Ranchi University, one of the prime educational institutions of Jharkhand also celebrated the festival in the grounds of its Regional and Tribal Languages Department, mentioned TOI report.
The students from different local language courses like Ho, Mundari, Kharia, Panch Pargania, Kurukh, Khortha, Santhali, Nagpuri, and Kurmali enjoyed together.
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Draupadi Murmu, Jharkhand’s Governor marked her significant presence in the celebration.
Talking about the Karma festival she said, “At a time when global warming has led to droughts, low rainfall, melting polar ice sheets and other problems, the Karma festival helps maintain a perfect balance between people and the environment.”
She also talked about the need of establishing an independent university focused only upon the tribal languages, as in to preserve them and spread a word about them.
The mood was so festive and the music so vivacious that towards the end of the celebration nobody could restrain themselves and got swayed by the rhythm.
HoD of the Regional & Tribal Languages, Mr. K C Tudu said, “It is believed that worshipping Karam Devta would lead to better crop production and soil fertility.”
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He also explained the significance of the festival and the various rituals followed during this.
The Karma Puja is a festival of agriculture and is very sacred to the tribal population of Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Assam.
Tribal clans of Baiga, Oraon, Binjhwari, Munda, Majhwar, Ho, Khortha, Korba and many more tribal communities celebrate this festival.
This festival is associated with harvest, which is represented by a Karam tree. It symbolizes fertility, wealth and all that is propitious.
Karma Puja is a religious festival and it really calls for a celebration as the tribal community believes profusely that due to Karam Devta they have a good harvest.
– prepared by Arya Sharan of NewsGram. Twitter: @NoOffense9