Purnea has enriched ancient history due to it being one of the major centers of administration and culture in this region. Purnia has shared long term relation with Kishanganj, Katihar and Araria. The cultural mixture and harmonies are still same in the whole region
though. In fact religious and social festivals of entire area make it
culturally impactful due to festivity environment here.
Religions in Purnia
Purnia district has the culture of communal
harmony because this area accommodates people of all religions. The
inhabitants comprise of Hindus, Muslims and Jains amongst others. Good
number of Christians, Punjabis and Buddhists also inhabit in this
region. All of them have their places of worship in Purnia that make
this region a secular one with ample communal harmony in its culture.
Linguistic and religious unity of this place is of paramount value. They
indeed showcase culture of ‘Unity in Diversity’ by living together in
peace with their specific faiths and religious values.
Experience Famous Festivals of Purnia
Various religious and social festivals of national and international value are celebrated in Purnia region with too much joviality and gist. The inhabitants celebrate such occasions with cheer and most importantly they share their times with relatives or friends on those occasions. Such are the festivals that showcase religious harmony in the region. It is the spirit of festivity in Purnia that this area remains entirely rejuvenated one during Eid, Navratri, Holi, Chatt Puja and many other national and regional festivals. Commonest of festivals which keep Purnia region completely rejuvenated are the celebrations of Eid, Holi, Navratri, Durga Puja, Makar Sankranti and Deepawali amongst others.
Chatth Puja in Purnia
Topmost value is the festival of Chatt Puja that keeps people well
engaged in this region. Out of the several such local religious
festivals besides Chatt Puja include special Chorabarat festival that
has exclusive identity in Kasba region of Purnia to worship Sun God.
This festival is very tough in nature and therefore not easily performed
by everybody. Only selected people willing to get their wishes
fulfilled perform that with special devotion to worship under this
festival during Deepawali time. Worshipers fast for the whole day to
maintain Kharna so that fasting is broken in the midnight only through
special dish prepared from rice, sugar and milk. Special Kadwa Bhat dish is prepared from rice and pumpkin to be eaten by special worshipers who get their wishes fulfilled. They do Mundan or head shaving upon completion of this special worship. Several other elements are associated with this festival and devotees are supposed to face many hardships like wearing un-stitched cloths made up of jute to be painted in yellow color besides wearing jute rings in all twenty fingers during this festival time. Devotees perform a symbolic Ganga Snan or dip in the Holy River Ganga or any river nearby. Those performing this festival are bound to participate in the Chatt Puja thereafter.
Other Famous Festivals in Purnia
Durga Puja, Sraswati Pooja, Makar Sankranti, Holi, Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan, Eid, Muhharram, Diwali, Ramnawami, Janmastami, Christmas, Maha Shivaratri, Chatt and various other festivals of national repute remain major attraction in Purnia throughout the year. Local Chora-brath and Thadi-brath are commonly celebrated in Purnia which is unique and special in this region. Holy festival of Jitiya or Jivitputrika is special in Bihar and is practiced since time immemorial. This festival is mainly observed through the womenfolk who worship for the long life of their children for which participating mothers keep fasting on that occasion. Likewise, Shivaratri is an important festival celebrated in Purnia as much as it remains popular in other parts of state.