Name of Festival : Karma Festival
Major Territory of Celebration
Karma Festival is celebrated in Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh state of India
Time of celebration (Months)
Karma Festival celebrated in the month of Bhadrapada (September - October)
Karma (Karam) festival is celebrated by the Oraon, Baiga, Binjhwari and Majhwar tribes of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.This festival is falls in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada.Karma Festival is a religious festival which calls for a huge celebration.
Karma Festival is celebrated in the month of August and is related with fertility by some tribes. Some other tribes also observe the festival as the rainy season ends.
On this day people go in the forest to collect fruits and flowers, and they worship Karma Devta,a goddess who is represented with a branch of karam tree . Important thing of this festival is the cutting of three branches of the ‘karam’ tree,it on a dancing ground called ‘akhara’.These branches are called 'Karam Raja’. Use these branches in ceremonial dance, called Karma Dance.
After the dance tribal chief narrates the significance of this ritual and the legends of Karam Devi, who is believed to be the goddess of wealth and children. Then, they sing and dance whole night.
On the next day branches are garlanded and Offerings of flowers, rice and curd.Red colored baskets filled with grains are placed before the branches. Barley seedlings are distributed among the young people, who wear it on their heads. Branches are worshipped and their blessings sought.