New Delhi: Bhogi is the first day of a four-day Pongal festival known as Makar Sankranti. It is majorly celebrated in the southern states of Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka.
The Bhogi festival is celebrated in honour of Lord Indra who is also known as the god of rain. Lord Indra is worshiped by many farmers as he is expected to bring prosperity and happiness to the land.
Furthermore, farmers in the country worship Indra to receive a good harvest thereby bringing wealth and prosperity. They also worship their ploughs and other farm equipment on this day.
On the occasion of Bhogi, people discard their old and useless household items, wood, and clothes among others. These items are thrown into fire which is made of wood and cow-dung cakes.
The ritual is called as “Bhogi mantalu” and is aimed at getting rid of old and negative things from your life and focus on new beginnings. Women wear new clothes and chant mantras around the holy fire.
A lot of agriculture waste is also burnt in the bonfire which is expected to offer heat during the cold weather which is about to end.