Mangseer Bagwal is being celebrated with pomp in the hilly areas of Uttarkashi, Tehri and Dehradun in Uttarakhand. Exactly one month after Kartik Amavasya, Diwali i.e. Bagwal of Mangseer has started in the border district of Uttarkashi. Which will last for 3 days. On the other hand, the five-day Jaunsari Diwali or Budhi Diwali began on Wednesday in the Jaunsar Bawar tribe area. In the villages, small children and elders were seen celebrating by lighting torches made of Bhimal wood.
Mangseer Bagwal, not firecrackers, Bhailo made by hand is played
Diwali celebrated a month after Diwali in the frontier district of Uttarkashi is called Mangseer Bagwal. In the border district, the preparations for Mangseer Bagwal are done in a special way. Which is celebrated as a tradition and festival. Mangseer Bagwal, which is celebrated in the mountains, is not played with firecrackers but with hand-made balls. Also Pahari dishes are served and fed. This time a special event is being organized for 3 days in Mangseer’s Bagwal, Uttarkashi. In which the festival is being celebrated with enthusiasm by gathering in local costumes and dancing with Bhailos at Ramlila Maidan. During this, special preparations have been made to promote local sports and products. On the day of Bagwal, the local people gather at one place and perform Raso Tandi dance with Bhailo dance throughout the night. Mangshir’s Bagwal is played in the open field by burning bhailos made of cedar and pine wood. In the night people in local costumes with local musical instruments celebrate the Bagwal festival. Over time, the local people are trying to keep this tradition alive. For which many social organizations are also coming forward and trying to save their tradition.
This is the story behind celebrating Bagwal
People believe that Mangseer’s Bagwal is a celebration of the victory of the Garhwali army in Tibet. During the reign of Garhwal King Mahipat Shah between the year 1627-28 when Tibetan marauders used to plunder the borders of Garhwal. To stop this looting, the king sent army under the leadership of Madho Singh Bhandari and Lodi Rikhola from Pankhanda of Chamoli and Taknaur area of Uttarkashi. Suppressing the robbers, the army had reached Tibet. Then due to the war, Madho Singh Bhandari could not reach home for Diwali in the month of Kartik. During that time he sent a message to the village that Diwali would be celebrated only when he returns after winning. After one month, Madho Singh reached his village Maletha. Then Diwali was celebrated with great enthusiasm. Since then Bagwal is celebrated on this day.
Bhailo, symbolizing both light and enthusiasm
Bhailo is prepared by making small bundles of dry wood of sesame, bhangjeera, hisar and pine and tying them with a special rope. Bhailo’s tilak is done on the day of Bagwal. Then the villagers gather at one place and play Bhailo. It is rotated around by setting fire to the bhailo. Many villagers also show tricks with brothers. In the mountains, Bhailo is played both in excitement and in celebration. Which is a symbol of both light and enthusiasm.
Villagers were seen dancing on Budhi Diwali, Harul dance and folk songs
Budhi Diwali is celebrated in Jaunsar Bawar a month after Diwali celebrated across the country. On the first day of the festival of Diwali, which started from Wednesday, the festival was started by lighting a torch made of Bhimal wood, which is called Hola in the local language. Chivda prepared by soaking paddy and frying it as a special dish in the area was distributed in the villages along with dedicating it to the deities in the form of Prasad. After the Hola lighting ceremony, the children reached the panchayati courtyard of the village singing and dancing and prayed to their respective deities. Villagers were seen dancing on Harul dance and folk songs throughout the night.
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Bagwal started in the mountains a month after DiwaliMangseer Bagwal in Uttarkashi and Budhi Diwali in Jaunsar Bawar tradition and celebration
Story first published: Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 22:43 [IST]