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Hindu Festival Pola in Maharashtra – Indian Farmers Pay Respect to Bullocks

Hinduism is rooted in nature and is one religion which observes festivals exclusively dedicated to animals. In 2017, the date of Pola festival is August 21. Pola festival observed in Maharashtra and other parts of rural India by farmers pay respect to bullocks and cows. It is observed on the Amavasi (no moon day) in the month of Shravan in Maharashtra.

Special care is given to oxen by farmers as it is their main source of livelihood. The rope (Vesan) tied on the ox is removed and turmeric paste and oil is applied the body on the previous night. On Pola day, bullocks are bathed and special food prepared like Puran Poli, Kichadi and Bajari are given to eat.

Oxen are also adorned with various ornaments and clothes. Their horns are given a fresh coat of paint. The bull is also worshipped in many places and villagers in large numbers gather to pay their respect. Bullocks are taken around the village in processions accompanied by drums and lezhim.
Many farmers also start the next farming season on the day by ploughing.

But sadly we are loosing some these traditions and we today constantly mistreat animals. The only time we remember them with respect is on festival days.