Charak Puja - Devotion to God
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Charak Puja is an ancient Hindu religious and folk festival of Southern Belt of Bangladesh and West Bengal (India) which is now intangible heritage in the world. The word “Charak” perhaps came from “Charki” (Circle). In this Puja the Charak is tied with a hook (Borshi) on devotee’s back and then he is moved around a bar with a long rope. People gather safely around the Charki to watch this festival.
The whole process of this Puja takes a day long arrangement. Some devotees sacrifice by hooking themselves, some take pain by crossing the sharp blade and some put heavy weight on their chest. All these activities they do to satisfy Lord Shiva. They believe that the festival will carry prosperity by eliminating the sorrow and sufferings of the previous year.
The believers of the Hindu religion celebrate this on the last day of Chaitra (Chaitra Songkranti) sometime in the month of April.
Taken in Dhamrai, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2009
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