CM House became the ‘Maayka’ for women for Teeja-Pora festival

Central Chronicle News
Raipur, Sep 06: Teeja-Pora Tihar was celebrated with great zeal and fervour at Chief Minister’s residence today. Today, CM House became the ‘maayka’ of women for Teeja-Pora Tihar. CM House was decorated traditionally for the celebration of Teeja-Pora, where a large number of women dressed in traditional attire gathered at Chief Minister’s residence.
Amidst the chanting of mantras, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel with his wife Mukteshwari Baghel and family members performed the customary rituals and prayed to Lord Shiva, Nandiya Baila and Chukian-Pora for peace, prosperity and happiness of the state . He extended festive greetings and wishes to all mothers and sisters on this occasion. Raut Nach Dal and the team of Chhattisgarhi folk artists performed to the tunes of Chhattisgarhi song and music. Chhattisgarhi delicacies were also arranged for people at Chief Minister’s residence.
Health and Panchayat and Rural Minister T.S. Singhdeo, Women and Child Development Minister Anila Bhendia, Industries Minister Kawasi Lakhma, Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar, Revenue Minister Jaisingh Agarwal, Lok Sabha MP Jyotsna Mahant, Rajya Sabha MP Chhaya Verma, Phoolodevi Netam, Parliamentary Secretary Chintamani Maharaj, Vikas Upadhyay, Rashmi Singh, Shakuntala Sahu, Vinod Sevenlal Chandrakar, MLA Arun Vora, Uttari Jangde, Sangeeta Sinha, Mohitram Kerketta, Chairperson of Women’s Commission Kiranmayi Nayak, former MLA Pratima Chandrakar, State Mineral Development Corporation President Girish Devangan, National Spokesperson Alka Lamba, Dr. Ragini Nayak, many public representatives, and a large number of women were present on the occasion.
For the celebration of Teeja-Pora Tihaar, Chief Minister’s residence was decorated magnificently on a rural theme, reflecting the Chhattisgarhi rural culture and lifestyle. There were three gates to the programme venue. The main gate has been decorated with the traditional Nandiya Baila of Pora festival. In front of the main gate, a beautiful display of paintings based on traditional swing- Raichul, bullock-cart, Bastar tribal art and Chhattisgarhi life has been displayed. The central door is specially designed with traditional utensils associated with the Pora festival. The gallery between the middle and the third gate has been decked up beautifully with colorful pots and colorful tokens.
The decoration of the third gate is inspired by the culture of Surguja region. A game zone has been created in the main courtyard where competitions like fugdi, spoon race, jalebi race, kabaddi, bag race etc. were organized. Women celebrated Teeja-Pora Tihar with joy and enthusiasm. In the eastern part of the courtyard, a mud house depicting Chhattisgarhi rural lifestyle has been constructed. Various symbols associated with Pora have been used in the decoration of this house. A temple has been built next to the CM house where women worshipped the Shivling. A huge weighing scale has been put on display and Raichul Jhula and Gol Jhula have also been installed for amusement.

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