Jagdalpur: Bastar Dussehra: Jogi Sithai rituals complete, Fulrath Parikrama from Sunday
Jagdalpur, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India, Saturday, 17 October 2020:
The ritual of Jogi Sithai, an important legislation of Dussehra festival, was completed in Sirhasar Bhawan on Saturday evening. According to the tradition which has been going on for nearly six hundred years, Bhagat Ram of Amabal village was brought to Sirhasar Bhavan after worshiping Mavali Devi by law. After this Jogi sat in a pit built for ten days of tenacity. On the occasion of Jogi Bethai ceremony, MP and Chairman of Bastar Dussehra Committee Mr. Deepak Badge, members of Jagdalpur royal family, Collector Mr. Rajat Bansal, members of Bastar Dussehra Committee, Manjhi, Chalki, Membrane etc. were present.
The villages of Bastar district sit for nine days as Vashanj Jogis of the Jogi family of the elder Amabal. Jogi was dressed in new clothes in the presence of Manjhi-chalki and priest at Sirasar Bhawan on Saturday evening. Thereafter, he was taken to the Mavali Mata temple near Sirasar in the garb of a cloth and a veil.
Deep lighting was performed by the priest at the Mavali temple. After worshiping the goddess, the sword kept there was worshiped. After this, with the said sword, Jogi returned to Sirasar Bhavan. After the priest's prayer, Jogi sat in the pit for nine days with a pledge of sadhana. In Sadhana, villagers have come from Amabal for the service of Jogi. It is believed that the goddess is pleased with the tenacity of Jogi and the huge Dussehra festival is concluded smoothly. It is noteworthy that Jogi Sithai's ritual is being performed by the same family for more than six hundred years. With the beginning of Navratri, Jogi, as the first priest of Maa Danteshwari, sits in the same place for 9 days and keeps a fast. Actually, the Bastar king had to worship the goddess to keep it happy but Jogi is seated in place of the king for 9 days and this tradition continues even today, so that the festival of Dussehra can be celebrated in a peaceful manner. . Shri Bhagat Nag, 40, of Bade Amabal, again meditated this year as Jogi for the success of Dussehra. This is the thirteenth consecutive year, when Shri Bhagat is sitting in meditation.
Fullerth Parikrama from Sunday
The major attraction of Bastar Dussehra, the Fulrath Parikrama will start from Sunday. It is worth mentioning that in Bastar Dussehra, the round chariot of flower chariot is circled in Jagdalpur on the seventh day of Ashwin Shukla Paksha. Youngsters from 32 villages of Jagdalpur tehsil and 4 villages of Tokapal tehsil come to pull the chariot.