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Motha Pola

Motha Pola is dedicated to the cows and ox and is observed mainly in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra and parts of Madhya Pradesh on Shravan Amavasya (no moon day in Sawan month) as per traditional lunar calendar in Maharashtra. Motha Pola 2024 date is September 2 and September 3.

Farmers pay respect to bullocks and cows on the day as cattle is their main source of livelihood.

On Motha Pola day, the rope tied on the ox is removed and turmeric paste and oil is applied to the body of cows, ox and bullocks.

The  cattle are bathed and special food prepared like Puran Poli, Kichadi and Bajari are provided to them.

The animals are also adorned with various ornaments and clothes. Their horns are given a fresh coat of paint.

The bull is also worshipped on the day and villagers in large numbers gather to pay their respect. The animals are taken around the village in processions accompanied by music.

Many farmers also start the next farming season on the day.

The day after Motha Pola is observed as Tanha Pola or pola of children.