Performance of Dohor Puja
A Kalo is appointed for the performance of the Dohor Puja in the Dohor land (low paddy land) after harvesting. The expenses for the celebration of the festival are borne by the owners of the concerned land. The Kalo collects five fowls of varying colours and sacrifices them in the name of different deities and spirits. As per the rituals a spotted cock is sacrificed in the name of ponomosor, khunt-pat, Shambhu Raja, Dakai Rani and Dohor spirit while a Rangua (Red) cock is sacrificed in the name of Goria Darha. A Kabra cock (mixture of more than one colour) is sacrificed in the name of Bagh ia (Tiger spirit) and a Charka (white) cock in the name of churil. A Karia (black) cock is offered to the deity in the name of Andhari pat.
The Kharias engage in eating, dancing and merry making after the Dohor Puja is over. The festival thus, celebrated to mark the harvesting of crops, expresses their devotion towards ritualistic practices and the varied cultures interwoven in their every day lives.
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