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Garia Dance

Garia is the biggest festival of Tripuri people. Lord Garia is nothing but Lord Siva, the creator of this universe. All the dance form of Indian culture is said to have derived from the Tandava Nritya of Nataraj or Lord Siva’s dance form. Similarly all the dance of Tripuri people has derived from Garia form of dance. This dance has some 108 mudras in original as stated.

Performance— the dance starts from the first day of Garia Puja, in the afternoon. Boys and girls young adult form a group in each village, go around dancing from house to house till all the houses are covered. When they finish their village, they also visit nearby villages, and the process continues for seven days, till the last day of Puja. They generally carry a symbol of Lord Garia deity; place it in the middle of court yard of house, than circle around the deity in anti clock wise. Some time light slang lyrics are used, but now a day the most of the lyrics are all devotional.

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