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Festivals

Indra Puja (Bhadra/August-September)
Another colourful festival is held at Vishnupur with great pomp. This is known as the Indra Puja or the Indra Parab. On this occasion the Malla Raja of Vishnupur presents yellow turbans to local Santal chiefs.

Gajan (March-April)
Gajan festival begins at the end of a week culminating in month long rural fairs on Shivaratri day and is a popular festival of rural Bengal. The festival at the Bahulara Siddheswar Shiva Temple (25 km away) and the fair draws large crowds from distant places.

Jhapan(Shravana Sankranti/Mid-August)
Most important festival of Vishnupur is Jhapan, held in the glory of Manasa, the daughter of Shiva and goddess of snakes. Jhapan represents the snake worship cult in Bengal. It is basically a regional harvest festival and closely associated with the fertility cult too.  Amidst chanting of hymns in glory of Goddess Manasa, groups of snake charmers demonstrate tricks and feats with poisonous snakes. Jhapan literally means a stage erected to exhibit tricks with snakes. Charmers, called Jhampanias, bring king cobras, spectacled and other cobras, vipers, kriats, pythons, rat snakes, vine and

flying snakes, in baskets made of cane, bamboo or grass, to the old palace ground.Jhapan festival began as a grand reception first given to Bir Hambir Malla on his return after battle festival continues and the great snake show by traditional devotees of Goddess Manasha, with live and venomous snakes, attracts a large gathering every year.


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