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Happy Harela 2021 - Date, Significance, Celebration, Importance, And Images

Harela Festival of Uttarakhand - Significance, Importance, Images, And Wallpaper

Harela festival is celebrated in the Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand. It falls thrice in a year and marks the beginning of a new season. This folk festival of Kumaon is celebrated on the first day of Shravan (Karksankarnti).

Happy Harela 2021

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This festival marks the beginning of the rainy season/sowing season of crops and is celebrated for a prosperous harvest year.

Harela 2021 Date

This year harela will be celebrated on Friday, 16th of July.

How Harela is celebrated in Kumaon Uttarakhand?

The most popular Harela festival is the one that is celebrated in the month of Sawan (July), on this occasion idols of Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati are worshipped. People make clay of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati along with all members of the Shiva-Parvati family. In popular Kumaoni culture, these idols are called DIKARAS ( small idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are made of soil and decorate with colors).

What is Harela?

Basket used to sow the seven grains is made of Himalayan bamboo( known as Ringal in Uttrakhand). People put these baskets in a temple inside the house or at a nearby temple in the village. Though, it's sound very simple but this entire process is quite interesting and has special procedure to follow. 

The first step is to make a layer of pure soil in basket then need to put the seven grains. Again need to make a layer of soil and followed by seven grains. This activity needs to be done around 5 to 6 times. This entire process is known as sowing Harela ( Harela Bona). Once grains sowing is done, it's important to save the basket from direct sunlight.

Harela Celebration

On the 9th day weeding of Harela is performed with pure plant leaf known as PATI. Next day which is the 10th day and actual Harela day. Harela that has grown in the basket is now ready for cutting. After cutting it, the owner of the family or village performs some rituals and applies tilak with sandalwood. They also chant 

"Rog shok Nivaranarth, Pran Bhyakshak Vanaspate, Ida Gacchha Namastestu Har Dev Namostute (रोग शोक निवारणार्थ, प्राण भक्षक वनस्पते, इदा गच्छा नमस्तेस्तु हर देव नमोस्तुते")

This mantra is called Harela patistana and is dedicated to God/Goddess. 

Once rituals are completed Harela has to be offered to God/Goddess along with deities. Later on, an elderly woman of the house applies Harela. First Harela has to be applied on foot, followed by knee, shoulder, and finally head. People chants these lines as blessings and long life.

Ji Raya, Jagi Raya,
Yo Din, Yo Maas Bhyatnai Raya.
Dharti Jas Chakaav, Aakas Jas Ucch hai Jaya.
Suraj Jas Taran Ai Jou, Syaav Jas Buddhi hai Jou.
Sil Pissi Bhaat Khaya, Jaanth Teki Jhaad Jaya,
Ji Raya, Jagi Raya.

The meaning of the chanting is "You get all-around greenery in your life. Live long, be aware. Be a forbearance like earth, be wide and generous like the sky. Be as bright as the sun, be wise and clever like a fox. Live a full term life till the natural decay of teeth, so that you have to grind rice before eating. You grow that much old that you have to use a pole or stick in order to go for defecation."

Afterward, entire families sit together and enjoy delicious food, on this occasion, it's a tradition to take black gram (urad dal) parathas and pudding.

Harela 2021 Importance

Harela is planted for bringing peace, happiness, and prosperity to the family. As Harela symbolizes the sowing season and new harvest, it advocates saving and conserving the environment.

Significance of Harela

Seeds and plants are sown on this day to spread awareness and practice of planting trees. It is believed that trees planted on Harela will undoubtedly grow and live healthily.

It's a belief that whose Harela is bigger his crops would be bigger and have bumper cultivation. Another belief is that in case someone died in the family on Harela, that family does not celebrate Harela until someone does not bear in their family. Even if a cow gives birth to a calf on Harela from their cowshed. 

Since Harela is a very famous folk Festival and it symbolizes greenery. Therefore planting trees is an important part. People plant trees in gardens, nearby forest. On this auspicious day it's believed that plantation of a small branch of tree is important. 

As the branch of tree will originate a root on it. This festival is also an indicator of good crops. One of the reasons and purposes behind the sowing Harela is to have wonderful crops and there should be no harm to crops.

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