Pilak is a den of beautiful Hindu and Buddhist images that dates back to the 8th and 9th centuries. Various excavations in the area yielded these sculptures that were scattered about for 10 sq. kilometers. The various archaeological findings inclusive of the images and terracotta plaques suggested the survival of both heterodox sects and creeds representing both Hinduism and Buddhism. Colossal stone images of Avolokiteshwar and Narasimha have been found here. Depend on that, at every year people of Jolaibari, South Tripura district observe Pilak archaeological & tourism festival for 3 days in the month of February/March. People from different places attend this festival and enjoy the cultural programme and every event of the festival.
Schedule Place & time: At Pilak every year in February/March.
Kharchi is one of the most popular festivals of Tripura. However, given the participation of people transcending the communities, it has gained a universal character. It is also said to have been influenced by the Hindus believes. The festival associated with the indigenous tribal deities is held in June-July at old Agartala. Only head-images are identified by various Brahmanical names like “Hara”, “Uma”, “Hari”, “Maa”, “Bani”, “Kumar”, “Ganesh”, “Brahma”, “Pritthi”, “Ganga”, “Abdi”, “Kamesh” and “Himadri”. These head-images have been accepted as popular deities by the Hindus of Tripura also. There are many legends about these fourteen deities floating in the state.
The ceremonial worship starts a day before the festival. Buffalo, richha, he-goats, eggs, bamboo poles and pipes, umbrella, earthen pot, duck, pigeon, bamboo stick, thread, cotton, turmeric, vermilion, wine, banana leaves and rice are some of the important ingredients for the worship. “Chantai” or the chief priest chants mantras and his assistant sacrifices the animals. A grand colourful fair held on this occasion continues for seven days. The uniqueness of the festival lies in the fact that this becomes a symbol of peace, harmony and fraternity as people irrespective of cast, creed and religious flock to the place to the celebrate the festival.
Schedule Place & time: At Khayerpur, Old Agartala every year in July.
NEERMAHAL TOURISM & WATER FESTIVAL
Neermahal literally means Water palace. The palace is a picturesque fairytale royal mention located in the middle of the Rudrasagar Lake build by Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya at 1930 A.D as his summer residence being inspired by Mughal style of architecture. Based on that every year in the month of August a big festival observed by the local body and Govt. Department which is called “Neermahal Water Festival”. The festival observed for 3 days and many colourful cultural programme and event play at the evening. A big attraction of the Neermahal water festival is boat race in Rudrasagar Lake. Different kinds of boats are participates in that boat race competition. Apart from that swimming competition also organised in the festival.
Neermahal festival second time organised in the month of December every year with some glorious cultural event at cold atmosphere of winter season.
Schedule Place & time: At Melaghr in Rajghat & Rudrasagar Lake every year in August and December.
This festival is observed in Tripura Sundari Temple, Matabari, Udaipur, Gomati district. This is one of the fifty-one Hindu pithas of India which is recognised as a holy and sacred place in Tripura. Devotees from both tribals and non-tribals observe this festival with great enthusiasm and take bath in the lake of the temple paying their homage to Mother Kali. A grand fair is also organised during this festival for two days at the festive month October/ November.
Schedule Place & time: At Tripura Sundari Temple, Matabari and all over the state every year in October/November.
A bamboo pole that symbolizes the Lord Garia, the deity of livestock and wealth, is worshipped with flowers and garland. The main ingredients with which the Garia Puja is conducted are cotton thread, rice, riccha, fowl chick, rice beer, wine, earthen pots, eggs and wine. According to the age old tradition, the fowl is sacrificed before the deity and the blood of the fowl is strewn before the Lord to get his blessing.
The performance of the Garia Carnival is in agreement to the Ochai instructions. During the festival no one is allowed to cross the shadow of the symbolic god Garia, in fear of making him annoyed while doing so. During the Garia Festival the children play drums, sing and dance before the Lord Garia to appease him.
Schedule Place & time: This puja is held in the seventh day of the month of Baisakh (April) for 7 days
POUSH SANKRANTI FAIR OR TIRTHAMUKH MELA
Both tribal and non-tribal people assemble every year on the occasion of the Uttarayan Sankranti for a holy dip in the river Gomati at its place of origination, known as Tirthamukh. The devotees take a holy dip in the river on the day which marks the commencement of the Sun's northern course- the last day of the month of Pousa (middle of the month January).
Surrounded by high hills, Tirthamukh in South Tripura district is a unique place of belief frequented specially by the Tripuries to realise their own pledges throughout the year. But on the day of ‘Poush Sankranti’ this place becomes a confluence of thousands of people. Since ancient days Tirthamukh had been a holy place of the Hindu Tripuri tribals. On the specific day people flock to the place to shave their head in the name of their ancestors or worship deities and perform individual sacrifices and ritual to propitiating the souls of departed ancestors. Based on this occasion a two day long fair is also held.
Schedule Place & time: At Tirthamukh every year in January.