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In Chhattisgarh, Hareli festival is one of the famous festivals celebrated with great pomp and show. The term ‘Hareli’ is derived from the Hindi word ‘Haryali’ meaning greenery. It is normally a festival celebrated in the month of Shravan by several societies of farmer. According to the Gregorian calendar Hareli festival celebration resembles with the months of July and August. The Hareli festival in Chhattisgarh is celebrated on the Sravana Amavasya or the new moon day of month. It marks the beginning of the holy month for Hindus, Shravan month. Hareli festival is a festival of crop focusing on the monsoon of a year. The Goddess ‘Kutki Dai’ is the reigning deity worshipped in this festival for getting good crops.

Among the Gond tribes, it has very importance. In this time the farmers of Chhattisgarh worship the equipment they use for the farming and cows. The theme of this festival based on the nature and the farmers pray for the good harvest. The manifestations in rituals are simple, though the prayers are keen.

The festival is celebrated with great pomp and show. The word ‘Hareli’ is derived from the Hindi word ‘Haryali’ meaning greenery. It is mainly a festival celebrated by the various communities of farmer in the month of Shravan. The celebration of the Hareli festival corresponds with the months of July and August in the Gregorian calendar. The Hareli festival in Chhattisgarh is celebrated on the new moon day of the month or the Sravana Amavasya. It is an old traditional festival of Chhattisgarh that marks the beginning of Shravan month, the holy month for Hindus. Hareli festival is actually a festival of harvest focusing on the monsoon of a year. The Goddess ‘Kutki Dai’ is the presiding deity worshiped during this festival for good crops.

Hareli festival is of special importance among the Gond tribes. During this time the farmers of Chhattisgarh worship their equipments used for farming and cows. The farmers pray for a good harvest and the basic theme of this festival is manly nature centric. The manifestations in rituals are simple, though the prayers are ardent.

During the Hareli festival the people of Chhattisgarh place branches of Bhelwa tree on their respective fields. They also hand branches of Neem tree on the entrance of their houses. Neem has medicinal properties that prevent diseases as well as insects. The Baiga Tribe or the traditional medical practitioners of Chhattisgarh teach and appraise their students. The Hareli festival of Chhattisgarh is also marked by playing ‘Gedi’. It is a play where small children mount on bamboo sticks and walk round the fields. At some places they also take part in a “gedi” race.