The 'Gaura-Gauri' pooja holds significant cultural importance in various regions of Chhattisgarh, reflecting the divine and festive spirit of the state.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel actively engaged in the age-old tradition of ‘Gaura-Gauri’ pooja in Janjgir, Durg district, a day after Diwali. A notable aspect of the ritual was the symbolic whiplashing ceremony, wherein the chief minister voluntarily received blows on his arm as part of the cultural tradition celebrating the divine union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
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The ‘Gaura-Gauri’ pooja holds significant cultural importance in various regions of Chhattisgarh, reflecting the divine and festive spirit of the state.
Despite the ongoing assembly polls in Chhattisgarh, marked by an intense campaign between the ruling Congress and the BJP, Chief Minister Baghel actively participated in the ritual, donning traditional attire. The whiplashing ceremony, while appearing intense to outsiders, is deeply rooted in the cultural fabric of the state.
In addition to the cultural festivities, Baghel made a significant announcement on Diwali, unveiling the Griha Laxmi Yojana. Under this scheme, if the Congress retains power in the state, women will receive an annual financial assistance of ₹15,000 directly into their accounts.
Baghel shared the announcement on social media, stating, “Big Announcement: Today, on the auspicious occasion of Diwali, with the grace of Goddess Lakshmi ji and blessings of Chhattisgarh Mahtari, an important decision has been taken for the women power of the state. As soon as the Congress government is formed, the women of the state will be given ₹15,000 per year directly into their accounts under the ‘Chhattisgarh Griha Lakshmi Yojana’. Jai Lakshmi Mata, Chhattisgarh Mahtari ki Jai.”
This celebration and announcement come amid the ongoing assembly polls, with the first phase completed on November 7 and the remaining seats scheduled for polling on November 17. The counting of votes is set for December 3. Baghel had previously launched the Congress manifesto, outlining promises such as a caste-based census, farm loan waivers, and subsidized LPG cylinders for women. The political landscape in Chhattisgarh remains dynamic as the state approaches the conclusion of its electoral process.