navakhana-festival

Navakhana Festival is a popular festival of Chhattisgarh which is celebrated every year in the month of Bhadrapad. This festival is celebrated by all the communities and announces the harvesting of rice crop. During the festival the newly harvested rice is offered to the family deity on the 9th day (Navami ) of Bhadrapad month. At some communities dance programs are also organized at the night after consuming the newly harvested rice.

Navakhana is the post harvest festival of Chhattisgarh and celebrated every year in the Hindu month of Bhadrapad or Bhadav (September). Navakhana falls on the bright fortnight of 9th day or Navmi of Bhadav by the Gond tribe.

This festival marks the harvest of rice crop. People present the new harvested crop and liquor as offering before the family deity. Presenting new rice grains and eating dish prepared by the dame is considered very auspicious in the region. Communal dance programs are also organized at night.