Bol Choth Festival - Bahula Chauth 2017
Bahula Chauth fasting is from sunrise to till the sighting of the moon in the evening.
Many festivals are celebrated every year on various occasions and events. One such unique festival is Bahula Chauth or Bol Chauth. Bol Chauth festival is celebrated as a mark of respect to the cattle, considering the important role they play for a farmer. The festival is celebrated during the auspicious month of Shravan. Bahula Chauth is mainly celebrated by the farming community in the state of Gujarat. Bahula Chauth is celebrated with religious fervor, a day before the Nag Panchami festival.
Festivities During Bahula Chauth
Bahula Chauth festival is a poise occasion for the devotees of Lord Krishna. They ensure that celebrations are carried out in its true spirit. Portraits of Lord Krishna signifying his love for the cattle are displayed and worshiped by the farming community in Gujarat. The farming community throughout Gujarat arises early in the morning on Bahula Chauth. Farmers ensure that their cattle look clean on the occasion. Delicacies prepared from rice are offered to the cattle and the farmers pray for the well-being of their cattle on the occasion of Bahula Chauth.
Rituals of Bahula Chauth
The farming community consumes delicacies prepared from millets on Bahula Chauth. A special fact associated with Bahula Chauth festivities is that families usually cook under the open sky on this day. The same is then consumed in the courtyard only. The consumption of milk is prohibited on the occasion of Bahula Chauth. Any milk products is also not taken on the festival day.
Legend of Bahula Chauth
Hindu scriptures mention various tales associated with Bahula Chauth. According to one such legend, a cow by the name of Bahula was on the way home to feed her calf. The cow encountered a Lion on the way who wanted to eat her. The cow suggested to the Lion that she was on her way home to feed her hungry calf. She promised to return after feeding the calf.
The Lion agreed and her promise, the cow returned to the Lion after feeding her calf. The Lion was so touched by the loyalty of the cow for her calf that he decided to let her go to her calf. The carnivals are also celebrated as a mark of honor for the cattle that show not only for their calf but also for the farming society whose livelihood depends to a great extent on their cattle.
In Gujarat, women keep a Vrat or fast on the occasion of Bahula Chauth to seek the blessings of the Lord.
In other states Bol Choth is known as Bahula Chaturthi. Bol Choth with the name of Bahula Chaturthi is more famous festival in Madhya Pradesh.