(Last Updated on : 18/10/2014)
Lakshmi Jagar is a folk dance
performed in the Madhya Pradesh state of India
. This ceremonial ritual dance
is practiced by the tribal youths to gratify Lakshmi, the goddess
of wealth and prosperity. The term Jagar means awakening, waking up or awareness. The participants keep an idol of goddess Lakshmi
under a Shemal tree and dance. This particular dance festival is performed for almost a month being enacted throughout the night only. At dawn all the dancers return to their homes only to reassemble in the evening.
As a part of the festival, the young girls of the village
decorate the idol with fresh flowers
from the jungles. They also offer sweets
to the deity. Young men and women come from distant rural areas to dance and enjoy together centering the image.
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