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IGRMS organised exhibition on ‘Kumhari’ tradition of India

Wednesday - April 3, 2019 11:44 am , Category : BHOPAL


Bhopal, Apr 3 2019 (WTN): Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya(IGRMS) organised a exhibition On the Kumhari tradition of India yesterday, Museum Associate, P. Anuradha, told about the Pots of different varieties and lamps are required by the local people for festival, ceremony, day to day use and ritual (birth and death) purposes. She said that, the agricultural and pastoral communities largely depended upon their surrounding environment for the development of their settlement and subsistence pattern. In this process they were bonded with the animal world. 



As a result, the ancient man considered the animal as part of their lifestyle and hence developed a religious form of tradition and practice of animal worship. The ethnographic observation indicates that there is a long and continuous process involved in the worship of terracotta animal figurine. An animal worship is observed as a universal phenomenon from country to country and region to region.  In this exhibition, Kumhara utpati ki Kahani, Lankapati Hanuman, Jagar Deepa, Thakurani statues have been displayed.



Sonepur, Pots of different varieties and lamps are required by the local people for festival, ceremony, day to day use and ritual (birth and death) purposes. Apart from the utilitarian and ritualistic pottery, many handmade, as well as wheel, made figurines are associated with the rituals and beliefs. Terracotta bull figurines are associated with Puraunas or Pura Balada rituals dedicated to cattle wealth, the integral part of rural life.



The ritual is celebrated by worshiping the bull figurines during Bhadraba Amavasyai in the month of September. Terracotta figurine of Hanuman is associated with Lanka Podi Jatra, celebrated to commemorate the Lanka Dahan episode of Ramayana. Young boys play and race till midnight with the terracotta figurine of Hanuman by tying oil dipped cloth around the tail which is lit during the race. The country roof tiles decorated with animal figurines are associated with the protection from evil spirits and used as a means of entertainment for children.- Window To News