Pola, the harvest festival held annualy in the month
of Shravan (August) is one of the most important festivals of Nagpur.
The festival is celebrated by the farmers to honour their bullocks which
are used for agriculture. On the occasion of Pola festival, the bullocks
are bathed, brightly decorated and offered a special food called khichadi,
made of bajari. After that, they are taken out in a procession across
the village accompanied by the melody of drumbeats and lezhim (a typical
Indian musical instrument made of a wooden rod and an iron chain full
of metallic pieces). A big fair is also organised during Pola festival
including various sports activities such as volleyball, wrestling (kusti),
kabaddi, kho-kho, etc.