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The Ancient Traditions of Bansgaon by the Shrinet Rajputs

Created on Mon, 11-04-2016

The district of Gorakhpur in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is dominated by the Thakur Segment, originally also known as Rajputs. The small town of Bansgaon is said to be the Nagar Panchayat of this district and has a special connection with the Shrinets who are said to have settled in this place before the Thakurs.

Legend has it that the Shrinet Rajputs of Bansgaon, follow an age-old tradition wherein the women of the families visit the Durga Temple on the auspicious day of Durga Ashtami and offer their prayers. Durga Ashtami is the eighth day of the Navratri Puja that takes place in the month of September-October every year and marks the mythological victory of Goddess Durga over Evil. The Men of the Shrinet Families offer their blood to the Goddess on the last day of the Navratri and provide a closure to the festival. The shrine present in the village is beautifully decorated to signify this ancient tradition.

Also every year, during the month of Asvina, the Shrinets offer sacrifices at the Kul Devi Temple which was built especially for them. This particular ritual is followed to provide recognition to their conquest and settlement in the region many years before.

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