literally means austerity in English. This Puja is celebrated 14 days following
the end of Kharchi puja. It is the strictest puja ever performed by Tripuri
people. It may be mentioned here that no puja or worship is so strictly
performed as is the Ker of Tripuri people, by any section of the people in the
world. In this also all the gods of Tripuri people are worshipped at a time.
the Ama pechi or Amba buchi, the mother earth became unholy, then by performing
the kharchi the earth is purified, all the god and goddess became sacred again.
It is some thing like Abul Ssuhmani of Tripuri people or some thing like
shraddha a kind of purification of the nature and gods. After the kharchi all
the gods are sacred again, then the Ker is performed by the Tripuri people.
During Ker a particular area is demarcated, this
area is bounded by the Ker symbol. Every entry or exit point of the area,
village, city ares is identified. The road to entry or exit is totally blocked
by Ker symbol. Before the Ker puja is started all the dying person, or expectant
mothers are shifted to a neighbor villages. Now once Ker is started, then no one
shall be allowed to go out from the area bounded by Ker. Similarly no one shall
be allowed to cross into the Ker boundary of the village or area of town. It
shall be considered as violation of Ker area. Once any unknown person enters
into the Ker area he shall not be allowed to go out of the area on any
Usually Ker starts in the morning at about 8-10
AM. Once Ker has started, no one is allowed to speak loudly; no one is allowed
to laugh. Shouting, crying, using obscene or slang languages, making derogative
fun, talking of dishonest, and any other unmoral activities are totally
prohibited during the Worshipping of Ker in the ker premises.
At the Ker puja, the gods are worshipped for the
welfare of the villages, in the state level at the Palace compound the Ker is
performed for the welfare of whole of the states in general. The gods are prayed
to avoid natural calamities like storm, earth quake, floods, droughts etc. The
gods are also to prevent of epidemics like cholera, small pox, chicken pox,
typhoid, and many other diseases. In the puja different kind of animal may be
sacrificed viz. Cock, goat, Buffalo etc. according to the affordability of the
villagers. The required expenditure are collected from the members of the
villages. In the earlier days when Tripura was a kingdom, the king would bear
the cost of states expenditures, but now the state government is bearing the
expenditures as per the condition of accession merger agreement.
In the Agartala city, an area had been identified
for performing Ker puja. The Ker starts early in the morning, with a big bang
sound, intimating the public that Ker had started. Before that through the
states electronic media and print media also people are informed in advanced
about the timing of Ker, when it will starts and when it will break. The Priest
in chief of Tripuri people, the Chantai performs the Ker in the capital
Agartala. In the villages level the head priest of the villages that is Ochai
performs the Ker puja.