puja is the worship of the dynasty deity of Tripuri people, the fourteen gods.
It is performed in the month of July August on the eight day of new moon. The
fourteen gods are worshipped by the royal priest Chantai. They are all Tripuri
by birth, and it is hereditary one. Only members of chantai family descendants
are allowed to take the post of Chantai, since the time it had started for more
than 3000 years ago, and it is still continuing till date. All the attendants of
chantai are also belong to Tripuri people, since the beginning and are followed.
This is the only one puja is exclusively performed by the pujari or the priests
belonging to Tripuri people.
The word Kharchi is derived from two Tripuri words
'Khar' or Kharta meaning or Sin, 'chi' or si meaning cleaning. Final meaning is
cleaning of the sins of the people or the kingdom. The Khachi puja is performed
after 15 days of Ama pechi or Ambu bachi. According to Tripuri legends
is menstruation of mother goddess or earth mother. So the soil is not ploughed
or digging of any where on this day. Among Tripuri the menstruation of a woman
is considered as unholy ness, which is why in this period all the performance
auspicious functions by women are prohibited. Even to the extent any priest
whose wife is menstruating is prohibited to perform any auspicious or religious
So after the menstruation of mother earth during
Ama pechi, the earth is considered to become unholy. The kharchi puja is
performed to wash out the sins, to clean up the post menstrual uncleanly ness of
earth mothers menstruation. That is why it is performed for seven consecutive
Kharchi puja lasts for seven days, the festivals
is held at Old Agartala, at the temple premises of fourteen gods. On day of
puja, the fourteen deities are carried by members of chantai, taken to river
Saidra, it is bathed in the holy water and brought back to temple. They are
placed in the temple again, decorated by various flowers, put up vermillion in
the fore head of deities.
Every day lots of people throng in the festivals
both Tripuri and non-Tripuri participate in the festivals. People offer
different type so Prasad like goat, buffalo, fouls, sweets etc. now a day many
cultural progammes are performed in the night. A large fair is also organized on
the occasion. People seek their welfare as well as the welfare of the society
and the state in general.