Todays Tarun Bharat and Sakal have highlighted this picture of the HADGA. This photo has been published in TarunBharat.
This was held at Lele Ground, Tilakwadi. The attendance was immense from a 4 year old girl to a 91 year old grandmother all saying” Aailama pailama”
Hadga or Bhondla Festival:
The nine days and nights festival immediately preceding the most important festival Dasara is celebrated all over India with different traditions. The very first day of this 10 day festival, idols of Goddess Durga are installed at many homes. This installation of the Goddess is popularly known as Ghatsthapana. During this period, little girls celebrate ‘Bhondla/Hadga’ as the Sun moves to the thirteenth constellation of the zodiac called “Hasta” (Elephant). During the nine days, Bhondla is celebrated in the garden or on the terrace during evening hours by inviting female friends of the daughter in the house. An elephant is drawn either with Rangoli on the soil or with a chalk on a slate and kept in the middle. The girls go around it in a circle, holding each other’s hands and singing the Bhondla songs. All the Bhondla songs are traditional songs passed down the generations. The last song typically ends with the words ‘…khirapatila kaay ga?’ (meaning ‘What is the special dish today?’). This ‘Khirapat’ is a special dish / dishes often made laboriously by the mother of the host girl. The food is served only after the rest of the girls have guessed the dish/dishes correctly.