The festival of ‘Sarhul’ celebrated with traditional gaiety in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Apr 4 (PTI) The biggest tribal festival of ‘Sarhul’ was celebrated across Jharkhand with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm on Monday.

Sal trees are worshiped during this festival.

Dressed in traditional attire, men and women took out processions on the streets in different parts of the state.

Sarhul, also known as Vasant Utsav, began with rituals in the morning. This was followed by forecasting of rain by the priests based on traditional practices. It was anticipated that Jharkhand would receive normal rainfall this monsoon, which would help in producing good yields.

Jaglal Pahan, a priest who offered prayers at Sarna Sthal in Ranchi’s Hatma area, told PTI, “If the water level recedes by morning, it means there will be less rainfall. If the water level remains unchanged, it means that there will be good rainfall.

“This year, we found that Jharkhand will have good monsoon. Rain will be better in the northern parts of the state.

President of tribal body Kendriya Sarna Samiti, Bablu Munda said that the predictions made during Sarhul over the years have been found to be in line with the forecast of the India Meteorological Department.

Chief Minister Hemant Soren offered prayers at Sarna Sthal in Tribal Hostel Complex and Siram Toli in Ranchi.

He said, “We are celebrating the festival together after a long period of Kovid-19. Nature is worshiped through this festival. We need to protect our nature, culture and tradition. We have decided to preserve all Sarna and Masna sites in the state and Sarna. The site located in Siram Toli will be renovated and given a new identity.

Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais also greeted the people of the state on the occasion of Sarhul.

Later in the day, people in traditional attire participated in religious processions in different parts of the state.

A procession was also taken out in Ranchi. It culminated at Siram Toli where rituals took place in the evening.

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