Pongal and Bhogi: Festival of New Crops, Changing Weather and Human Preparations
Sankranti Festival celebrates for three days in South India. Bhogi is the first of them. Bhogi Dhanurmas – the last day. There is a saying that Goddevi, born as part of Bhudevi, who fasts for Dhanurma, incarnates as the wife of Srirannat, is called Bhogi. The festival of Gods is the first day of Pongal that is known as Bhogi which celebrates in memory of Indra, the ‘God of the Clouds and the Rain.’ Indra is worshiped for the prosperity of the harvest, and for the land is prosperity and prosperity.
Festival of the Gods
The festival of gods or bhogis is the first day of Pongal which is celebrated in memory of Indra, the ‘God of Clouds and Rain.’ Indra is worshiped for the prosperity of the harvest, and for the land is prosperity and prosperity. Hence, this day is also called Indra. In bait, all the people clean the houses from top to bottom and collect all the unwanted items. These days are full of homework and family. All houses from the richest to the most modest are washed and whitewashed. Houses are cleaned and decorated with ‘Colam’ – drawings on the floor, painted with white paste from freshly picked rice with contours of red mud. Often, pumpkin flowers are placed in cow-dung balls and placed among patterns. A fresh crop of rice, turmeric, and sugar cane are brought from the field to prepare for the next day.
A special puja held on the first day of Pongal before cutting rice fields. Farmers worship the sun and the earth, anointing their plows and sickles with sandalwood paste. It is with these blessed tools that the freshly harvested rice cut.
Another ritual observed on this day is the Bhogi Mantalu, when useless household items throw into the fire from wood and cow dung. Girls dance around the fire, sing songs for the glory of the gods, spring, and harvest. The significance of the bonfire is that it must be warmed up in the last round of winter by farm waste and burning.
In south India, this day celebrate as girls who burn old clothes and put on new clothes after an oil massage and bath. Then comes Pongal Panai, a ritual in which new clay pots paint and decorate with turmeric, flowers and mango leaves. There is another feature behind the fire. From the day of Sankranti, the sun goes to Uttarayana. This causes a sudden onset of solar heat. The body is struggling to cope with this sudden change in ambient temperature. This can cause digestive problems, so the body is preparing for the upcoming change with a bonfire.
One thing to note here flames is not just fireplaces — a case of fire worship. Therefore, elders offer some tips for wearing fireplaces. How sacred is it to burn home mani, to burn the sacrament. To do this, wake up and take a bath before sunrise. A pure person must ignite the flame. Also useful if camphor is on. Also, beware of fireplaces. Once upon a time, there were barns and old joiners in the bonfire. During the month of Sagittarius, homemade bombs and burrows use for bonfires. A little cow ghee was added to make them burn better. Ayurveda says that gases come from inflammation caused by flax and cow’s mouth. However, the time has changed. Rubber tires and broken plastic chairs also burn for their refueling, gasoline and kerosene use.
Such bonfires are causing heart and lung disease. The environment also pollutes smoke from materials such as rubber, plastic, gasoline, and kerosene. Like our ancestors, we could not use firewood, tree bark, or vigna. Adults are more likely to carry fireplaces than natural materials such as palm leaves, old wood, and dry branches. So make all four warm and healthy fireplaces! Otherwise, we must decide whether to combine the tradition of ‘flame’ with fires of four years.
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