Friday, August 12, 2022
Himachal Pradesh

Fairs and Festivals



This is a festival in which the people bid farewell to the village deities. In the villages the palanquins of the gods are laid open and the doors of temples are closed. It is believed that this is the period when the

gods depart for the heavens for a short spell of rest. Floors of the temples are cleaned and polished in the hope that the gods will throw good things from the heaven upon them. This festival comes in the spring month of Magh or Falgun. On this day the many delicacies are cooked and eaten. This day the spirit of the god may descend on his devotees. This is known as 'Deachar' or 'Deokhel'. In some villages the village deity goes from house to house to sniff incense. The priests who represents the deity is welcomed into each house and presented with food grains and money.