BHADERWAH - Kanchowth


On the day of Kanchowth, married women of Bhaderwah pray for the long life of their husbands. Women keep fast on this day and pray to Lord Shiva. Generally women dressed in their best dresses - sari or makhmal pyjama kurta or their old wedding dress and golden ornaments from one particular area gather at a near by waterbody - bowli or village temple where they perform pooja together and then sing Ghurai and dance one by one. They bow down to to touch each others feet in order to get blessings from each other for the long life of their husbands. This is called 'Thel' in the local language. While offering thel gur (jaggery) is offered as a prasad.

The important thing to note is that on this day married women bow down to all irrespective of the caste, creed, age, sex or religion to take their blessings. They even touch the feet of those younger than them who in return say "Sada suhagan bhoth" (Long live your husband). For the next few days, women visit their close relatives and neighbours to offer 'Thel'.

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