Raaspurnima utsav ( oldest and historical Raas utsav of JHARIA )
Raja Kali Prasad Singh, the last Raja who had deep faith in Lord Radha Krishna, continued the Raas purnima which was started in the middle of the JHARIA Raj Era.
It was continued by Raja Durga Prasad Singh.( M.B.E) with great pomp and show till one month, in the month of Kartik, Famous Mohan bhog and Anna bhog was made during this month.
People from nearby village and even nearby States also used to come to participate and enjoy this event. Continuous bhajan Kirtan was performed with dhol and Madal. It is also mentioned in “Tara Shankar Bangopadhya’s Book”. A famous Bengali writer.
Gradually in span of time situation has changed and utsav is not performed anymore. But still the Raas Mandir stands today, which has been closed during the old age of my father in law Shri Raja Kali Prasad Singh.
K.Rani Snehalata Kumari DEVI.Daughter in law of Raja Kali Prasad Singh.JHARIA Raj.
Old Fort of JHARIA Raj where Raas utsav was celebrated
Puja done by Jharia Raja Parivar – Raja Maheshwar Prasad Singh, Raja Bishweshwar Prasad Singh, Rani Sujata Singh and Rani Snehalata DEVI
1) slaughter Place where Pantha Bali( Goat ) is sacrificed. This is one of the oldest tradition of Jharia Raj Family and Jharia people.
Every year, Jharia Raj pariwar come together at Jharia Raja Garh and worship Devi Durga Shiv Shakti and celebrate oldest and historic Durga puja with full family. There is a lot of crowd on Ashtami in Jharia Raja Garh Durga Oldest temple.
Here is the some photographs of Jharia oldest Durga Puja at Raja Garh sent by Rani Snehalata DEVI:
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Dukhharni Dham is very popular and oldest Ma Durga Temple in Jharia which is located in Jharia-Dhanbad Road. Thousand of peoples come daily to see Ma Durga and worship. This temple is also popular for marriages.
According to Maharajkumari Snehalata kumari Devi(Daughter in law of Late Raja kali prasad Singh and wife Of Rajkunwar Bishweshwar prasad singh):
Dukhharni mandir was setup in 18th century by my forefather Raja Sangram Singh to sought out his problems. Before it was dense forest and considered dangerous. People used to feel scard of ghost and spirits while passing that road to nearby village. There are many stories of people, even I have heard one or two stories. That is why this temple
was setup by Raja Sangram Singh. Maa Dukhharni always protected the travelers and people felt safe to travel.
I will add more details about Ma Dukhharni and its history with images soon.