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IGRMS is organising 'Lai Haroba festival'

Sunday - October 21, 2018 7:39 pm , Category : BHOPAL

Bhopal: The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is organising 'Lai Haroba festival' at its premises from 22nd to 26th October, 2018. Traditional ritualistic activities will the main features of this 05 days long programme.

Sacred Groves are patches of natural or near-natural vegetation, dedicated by local communities to their ancestral spirits or deities. These Groves are protected by local communities usually through customary taboos and sanction with ancestral and ecological implications. IGRMS has initiated number of activities to spread awareness on the cultural and ecological importance of sacred groves. The Meitei community of Manipur celebrates 'Lai Haroba festival' dedicated to their sacred grove "Umang Lai".

Rajendra Kumar Jhariya, Programme coordinator told that Indigenous and local communities all across the globe have conserved thousands of sacred sites and sacred forests for millennia for spiritual, cultural, economic and aesthetic purposes. More recently when the species are getting extinct at faster rate due to forest destruction all over the world sacred groves are serving safe abode for a large number of rare, endemic and threatened plant and animal species and playing important role in providing essential environmental and economic benefits to the local communities.

Dhir Singh, horticulture officer told that "For the preparation of this sacred ritual, 10 sacred ritual specialists have already come in the museum under the leadership of Iebomcsha." They all preparing for the place of worship and Today a group of 15 traditional artists has come. They will perform traditional dance and traditional activities in the 05 days.-Window To News
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