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Domain:Social practices, rituals and festive events

State: Uttarakhand


The word Hill Jatra means Jatra or group dance that is performed in the mud. Hill Jatra is performed in the Kumor village of Pithoragarh region of Uttarakhand, eight days after the festival of 'Gor-Maheshwar', during the month of Bhadra. The Hill Jatra is related to ropai (the plantation of paddy) and other agricultural and pastoral labours of the rainy season. Different pastoral and agricultural activities are presented in a dramatic way like a pair of buffaloes, ploughman etc, and also the regional gods and goddesses. The main attraction of the Hill Jatra is the Hiran Chittal, Lakhiyabhoot, and Mahakali. Other villages of Pithoragarh that celebrate Hill Jatra are Satgaarh, Bajeti, Didihaat. Kanalichhena celebrates this festival only with the Hiran Chittal (Deer Mask Dance) and Mahakali dance. Musical instruments like Nagada, Dhamau, and Bhonkar accompany the various performances to give dramatic effects.