Navakhana is a harvest festival of state Chhattissgarh, who is a prime agricultural state and known for its various fairs and festivals. The festival signifies the end of rainy season and flourishes with new harvest season. The festival is celebrated by all castes and communities of the state.
Time to Celebrate:
Navakhana Festival falls on the ninth day of bright half of the month of Bhadrapada every year ( Sep- Oct)
Chhattisgarh is majorly a land of forests where almost half of the land is covered by forests and maximum of its land area is fertile with the Basin of Mahanadi River. The state is known for its maximum rice cultivation annually hence the state hosts various festivals which are based on agriculture. The Navakhana festival is one of the major festival where local people celebrate the harvest of rice crops.Various delicacies are made with newly harvested rice and offered to Goddess of harvest. This rice is eaten as ‘prasada’, a mark of respect and gratitude towards the Mother. Later people enjoy themselves with dances and liquors during the night.