Garia Puja is a Hindu festival celebrated by the people living in the region of Tripura. This festival is mainly celebrated by most of the ‘Kokborok’ speaking tribes in Tripura. During this festival, Lord Garia is worshipped and he is said to be the open-hearted god of the household, who is looking after the increase in production of goods. He is also known by another name like ‘Garia Raja’, by the local tribes. It is believed that he offers his disciples with wealth, peace and offspring. This is celebrated during the spring season, every year and followed on the last day of the month Chaitra, according to the Hindu calendar.
During this festive celebration, a head of the family brings the upper portion of the bamboo with leaves and plants them in the Northern or the Eastern corner of this courtyard. After which, this bamboo is decorated with beautiful garland prepared by cotton thread and flowers. The upper portion of this bamboo is decorated with paddy and rice, in a richha. Including this, people offer paddy, rice, cotton, earthen pot, egg, chicken, wine, etc., to the Lord Garia and worshipped along with the chanting of mantras and sacrificing fowls and eggs.
This festival usually falls in the month of April, however, the date may vary for each and every year. It is celebrated for seven days with elegance and merriment. People offer him crops, so that the deity relieves them from their sufferings and bless them with prosperity. The songs sung during chanting describes nature and is erotic in character, which is believed to relax them from suffering. Including this, dance performances are also given in front of the God. In the year 2018, this festival is celebrated on April 23rd. It is widely celebrated in Tripura region only.