Bhawanipatna, Oct 21: The famous Chhatar Yatra of Maa Manikeswari, the presiding deity of Kalahandi district, will be celebrated tomorrow on October 21 this year.
As a part of the festival, thousands of devotees offer prayers to Goddess Manikeswari by sacrificing animals as a thanksgiving for fulfilment of their wishes.
During Chhatar Jatra, groups of people dressed as traditional Kandha tribal warriors and demons participate in the procession. Then there are groups that play Ghanta and others play traditional instruments like ‘dhola’ and ‘nishan’ among others to showcase the area’s rich tradition.
As many as ten platoon police forces will be deployed in the town to ensure smooth conduct of the ritual.
It may be noted that the Chhatar Yatra of Maa Manikeshwari is held during Dussehra every year. As per the long-followed customs at the shrine, Maa Manikeswari is taken out of her temple for this divine journey on the eighth day of Shukla Paksh (Ashtami) in the month of Ashwina.
The deity was taken to Jenakhala in the suburbs of Bhawanipatna at midnight yesterday after completion of ‘Shodasa Puja’ ritual.