Kharchi Puja, is a Hindu festival celebrated in the state of Tripura and falls in the month of July or August. During this festival, fourteen gods are worshipped by the Tripura people. The name meaning of this festival is ‘to clean the sins of the people’. This festival is celebrated for 15 days and during this period, it is believed that the Mother Goddess is menstruating and the soil will neither be ploughed or dug for any agricultural purposes. Since this time is considered to be impure season and the purification ceremony is followed to the Earth, which means the Kharchi Puja.
This Puja lasts for seven days and held at the temple of Fourteen gods named ‘Old Agartala’. Large number of people participate in this festival and the group involves both Tripura and non-Tripura people and day by day this population increases. They offer people with many sweets, meat, etc. This festival is celebrated for bringing the prosperity to the state and the festive celebrations are done by a priest named ‘Chandai’. This is also considered to be the national festival of Tripura. Many people, including Bengalese and Adivasis, are also participating in this festival.
In order to compliment this festival, another festival named ‘Ker festival’ is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the Kharchi Puja, which is the new moon day. In the year 2018, this festival of Kharchi Puja will be celebrated on July 20th. After this festival, the Earth is cleaned with holy water and the ceremony comes to an end.