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Shabarotsava During Durga Puja

Shabarotsava is an integral part of the Durga Puja festivities. On Vijayadashami, the tenth day of the celebration, the clay idol of Goddess Durga is ritually immersed in the sea, lake, or river (known as Durga Visarjan). Following the immersion, as devotees return, they are encouraged to emulate the behavior of the Shabaras or indigenous tribes. Shabarotsav involves engaging in uninhibited activities such as joyfully throwing mud and dust, exchanging playful banter with offensive language, singing provocative songs, and more.

During this revelry, everyone, regardless of their social status, is anticipated to participate, underscoring the theme of equality before Goddess Maa Durga – the Mother of the universe.