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All you need to know about 141-year-old Marbat festival celebrated only in Nagpur

Thousands of people throng the streets to celebrate the 141-year-old Marbat festival, which is celebrated only in Nagpur.
Marbat procession (Nation Next file photo)

All you need to know about 141-year-old Marbat festival celebrated only in Nagpur, which is celebrated on the second day of Pola. .. 

Thousands of people throng the streets to celebrate the 141-year-old Marbat festival, which is celebrated only in Nagpur. As per tradition, devotees take out a procession carrying effigies that represent evil forces. The clay effigies or ‘Marbats’ of Kali (black) and Pivli (yellow) are the main attraction of the procession, which are burnt by the locals.

While the procession of Kali Marbat started in 1881, Pili Marbat celebrations date back to 1885. It was started by Tanhane Teli Samaj to oppose the bizarre rules and regulations of the British, which were considered to be social evils by them in those days.

Prakash Gaurkar, President, Marbat Nagoba Devasthan, Tanhane Teli Samaj, had earlier told Nation Next, “We are carrying forward the legacy of our ancestors by symbolically protesting against various evils prominent in the society today. As a part of the celebrations, a Pili marbat (yellow statue) and a Kali marbat (black statue) are made at the Pili Marbat temple at Jagnath Budhwari.”

He added, “Then these two statues are taken through the streets of the entire Itwari market before they are put on fire at Naik Talao in the evening. It’s believed that these statues absorb the negativity and social evils when they are taken through the streets. And then the negativity and social evils are burnt along with the statues.”

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After the procession, which goes on for several kilometres, the yellow and black statues meet at Nehru Putla Square before they are put on fire. People also celebrate this meeting of statues as they dance and shower flower petals on the statues.

The statues at the celebrations are made by Shende family, which has been making them for three generations now. Ganpatrao Shende, after whom his son Bhimaji Shende took over, prepared the statues in 1885.

During the celebration, people gather to address various social problems. Few locals, speaking about the occasion, once told ANI, Kali and Pivli are believed to be sisters who are made to meet each other on this day. While some believe that the festival has some historical value others consider Kali and Pivli as deities.

Locals raise a famous slogan during this festival Rograi gheun ja ge marbat, which means rid us of diseases. A lot of people believe that the Kali and Pilvi marbat will make their wishes come true during this festival. It also related to history during the British Raj.

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September 30, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next

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Since The Raaas enchanted and enthralled Nagpur with its quality garba in its first year in 2018, the demand for encore has been reverberating the city. To cater to the huge public demand, the organisers of the king of garbas have decided to continue The Raaas next year on. Like its first year, The Raaas Garba will be presented to Nagpur in association with Nation Next in 2023. Mahesh Kukreja, the key organiser said, “Because of some reasons, we, earlier, thought of giving the event a break.”

He added, “Then COVID-19 struck the world. Now we plan to continue it from next year onwards. While I express my gratitude to Nagpurians to make the event a huge hit, I request the city’s garba revellers to not get fooled as a few garbas are falsely claiming to be The Raaas. We’ll be back next year for sure!”

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September 27, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next

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