Kajari purnima

The day of Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is also celebrated as Shravani or Kajari Purnima in the Indian states of Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and some parts of Uttar Pradesh. The occasion of Kajari Purnima falls on the same day as Raksha Bandhan.

On this day (Shravan Shukla Navami), in this region, women of the family go to fields and bring earth (agricultural soil from the farm fields) in the leaf cups and they put some barley in the leaf cup and keep it in a dark room.

This place is then cleaned elaborately with mud and cow dung and decorated with different types of beautiful motifs. This worship is repeated every day for seven days till the full moon day arrives.

The final ritual is held on the evening of the full moon day. Women generally keep rigorous fast on this day. After the puja in the evening, all the women (generally in a family group) move out together in a procession with leaf cups placed on their heads. When they reach the water bodies (generally a pond or river), they immerse the leaf cups in the water body. This concludes the ceremony.

Falling at the end of the monsoon season, this festival holds great importance to the farmers in these states.