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Cuisine: Tribal cuisine brings with it the taste of the soil, sun and rain! The village has got quite a few peculiar preparations that typify the Bastar fare. Some of the specialties of the village include Chapra Chutney (paste made of wild ants!); Amat (gravy of water, rice flour mixed with sour items like tamarind, dried mango powder etc); Basta (vegetable prepared from the new and soft root of green bamboo); Pej (soup derived from local grains like mandia, maize, rice, raagi, jowar, wheat etc); Phuttu (mushroom) is prepared in rainy season; Choulai Chench (preparation of various green leaf vegetables); various cereals like Hirawan, Kulthi, Udad, etc, apart from several other unique dishes.

Festivals: The tribal calendar is a testimony to the easy assimilation of festivity into everyday existence. Special fairs and festivals are organised through the year, which also manifests the community's strong cultural affiliations.

Tribal folk sway to the rhythm of an offbeat culture. Dance and song express their mystic connection with the divine. Passions overflow in the devotional feats meant to appease the Gods. The deities are worshipped using different rituals, processes and celebration methods, each unique to a specific fair or festival. Some of these have been listed:

  • Kartik (Nov): Dev-uthadi, Nua khani
  • Aghan (Dec): Cher-chera
  • Poos (Jan): Deyari, Govardhan pooja
  • Maagh (Feb): Maoli Maata Jatra, Jalandarin Mata Jatra
  • Falgun (Mar): Hole, Beej-putani Jatra, Shivratri (A huge fair is organised on the occasion)
  • Chaitra (Apr): village Fair, organised on the eve of Bhandarini Mata Jatra
  • Asaad (July): Amus
  • Kuwanr (Oct): Dussehra
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