With the chanting of 151 Baitals, Khapar comes out here on the midnight of Durga Ashtami, the age-old tradition is still alive today

With the chanting of 151 Baitals, Khapar comes out here on the midnight of Durga Ashtami, the age-old tradition is still alive today

 To maintain the tradition of Khappar, even during the curfew implemented under Section 144, Khappar will be taken out from the three Goddess temples of the city on the midnight of Mahashtami. However, during this time the common people cannot see the Khappar. Amidst the security of the police, only the presence of the members of the temple committee would be taken out. In India, perhaps only in the city of Kawardha, the tradition of removing khappas from Goddess temples on Durga Ashtami of Navratri continues. But even in this, year after year there are hurdles. Last year, Section 144 remained in force due to Corona. At the same time, this year there is a situation of curfew in the city due to the dispute. In such a situation, guidelines were issued by the district administration regarding the removal of Khappar.

The administration has imposed curfew
and has issued instructions by the administration that there is a tradition of removing khappas from Maa Parmeshwari temple, Maa Danteshwari temple and Maa Chandi temple on the midnight of Ashtami of Navratri in Kawardha city. In this, a large number of people from the city and the surrounding rural areas gather in the city of Kawardha. Due to the gathering of large number of people inside Kawardha city, there is a possibility of law and peace and order in Kawardha city being affected. Due to this, the curfew will continue under section 144 and the exit of the common people is prohibited.

Tradition is many centuries old
The religious tradition of extracting Khappar by invoking the Goddess is many centuries old . This tradition is still maintained in the three goddess temples of Kawardha. In Shardiya Navratri, Khappar is taken out from Maa Danteshwari Temple, Maa Chandi Mandir and Maa Parameshwari Temple in the city at midnight, whereas in Kwar Navratri, Khappar is taken out from only two temples. At 12.15 midnight, the first Khapar will come out from Maa Danteshwari temple under the protection of the leader. After this, only 10 minutes from Maa Chandi and then in an interval of 10 minutes, Khappar will be taken out from Maa Parmeshwari, who will tour the city. The deities of 18 temples established in the mohallas are duly invoked while passing through various routes.

Sarve Bhavantu Sukhin: To get rid of disasters,
Khapar is to get rid of religious calamities and to establish the spirit of Sarve Bhavantu Sukhin: From around 10.30 o'clock on the Ashtami night of every Navratri Paksha, the pandas engaged in the service of the mother, as per tradition, invited 7 Kal, 182 deities and 151 brave warriors with chants and sat in an earthen pot (Khappar) lit by fire. goes. In the earlier tradition, the rituals are completed by cutting 108 lemons separately. After taking a bath at the fixed ghat of the nearby flowing Sakri river at exactly 12 o'clock in the middle of the night, after coming back again at a fast pace, sitting in front of the idol of Adishakti Devi, adorned with the present pandas. After this the Khapar is taken out from the temple.

Get the homes of people totally banned
by an order issued by the district administration in the range of Kawardha area, get out of the movement, appearance and houses on streets completely be banned. A maximum of 10 persons can be involved in Khappar and Khappar Committee. If found contravening the above order, the concerned person, institution, organizer will be liable for action under section 51 to 60 of Disaster Management Act 2005, section 188 of Indian Penal Code, 1860, Epidemic Act, 1897 and other relevant legal provisions as applicable.

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