The Pola festival is to have its roots in Hindu mythology.
It is the story of Lord Krishna, who was known for his love for cows and bulls.
According to legends, Krishna and his friends used to decorate and worship the cows and bulls in their village of Vrindavan.
This tradition is to have inspired the Pola festival.
The centerpiece of the Pola festival is the worship of bulls and bullocks.
These animals are considered sacred and indispensable for farming activities.
Farmers believe that by performing rituals and adorning their bulls.
So, they will receive the blessings of Lord Shiva, who is the protector of cattle.
In the days leading up to Pola, farmers clean and decorate their bulls with great care. They often paint the horns of the bulls with bright colors and adorn them with garlands made of marigold flowers.
Role of Women
Women also play a significant role in the Pola festival.
They are responsible for preparing special meals for the family and the bulls.
The meals often include traditional dishes from freshly harvested crops.
Pola is a vibrant festival with cultural performances.
Folk dances of Chhattisgarh and music are an integral part of the celebrations. People gather in the village square to sing and dance, creating a festive atmosphere.
In some regions, special markets are for the Pola festival.
So, where cattle owners can buy and sell bulls and bullocks.
This adds an element of commerce to the festivities.
Pola brings the community together. It’s a time for socializing, exchanging gifts, and strengthening bonds among neighbors and friends.
Prayers for Prosperity
Farmers offer prayers during Pola, seeking the well-being and prosperity of their cattle and, by extension, their agricultural endeavors.
While the core traditions of Pola remain intact, the festival has also evolved with time.
In urban areas, it is with enthusiasm, even by people who may not be directly in agriculture.
Overall, Pola is a joyful and meaningful festival that highlights the deep connection between the people of Chhattisgarh and their cattle, recognizing their vital role in the agricultural economy and rural life of the region. It is a celebration of gratitude and a time to pray for a successful farming season ahead.