PATACHARKUCHI, April 22 - In order to mark conclusion of the seven-day Rongali Bihu festivities and as a part of the age-old tradition popularly known as Saat Bihu, a number of paras were erected at the Siva Dhaam here with traditional pomp and gaiety on Saturday.
Para, it may be mentioned, is fabricated from two full-length bamboos with joints and decorated with small pieces of colourful fabric and gamusa. After a special ritual followed by puja, the villagers of the neighbouring areas carry the Para in a religious procession by playing borkaah, sankha etc to the Siva Dhaam and erect it beside a big tree.
This festival is being celebrated here since several generations with various beliefs among the people. The farmers join this festival with the firm belief of reaping a rich and bountiful harvest as the fertility of land increases. Others join in the festivities with the hope that it will herald peace and harmony among the people and make them free from diseases and save them in times of natural calamities.
The neighbouring villagers of Patacharkuchi area were busy since Sunday morning in decorating the para. In the afternoon, the villagers brought the para to the Siva Dhaam for erection in a tree.
This festival is also celebrated in various pockets of Bajali sub-division like Barbhala (Suliapara), Gobindapur, Jalikhata and Bezkuchi localities.