Bhagoria Festival of Bhil Tribe of Madhya Pradesh


When I got an invitation to go to Jhabua to participate in the Bhagoria festival, I did not have any idea about this festival. Neither had any knowledge about the existence of Jhabua. Immediately took the help of Google. Thank you to this Google who made me aware of Jhabua and Bhagoria festival in a moment. Knowing about the Bhagoria festival, I did not let go of this golden opportunity to participate in it.

According to the information available about the Bhagoria festival, in this festival, the tribal Bhil young man expresses his love for the Bhil girl of his choice. If the woman accepts his love, they both run away and hide. They do not return until their families discuss and agree to their marriage. After reading this, wouldn’t you also be curious to see how Bhil youth express their love to the entire fraternity in this rural area of ​​western Madhya Pradesh? And what is the reaction of the women? How does she accept love? Isn’t it fun!

For me, it was a golden opportunity. Just before the festival of Holi, this festival of Bhil tribals was a big temptation. Photographs of the Bhagoria festival printed on the invitation card were making the invitation more attractive. I could not resist myself. Soon I was adjusting all my programs, working late at night, competing to complete all the work within the stipulated deadline so that I could spend at least 4 days in this Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh.

The next day we reached Indore. Stopped in Ujjain for some time on the way, saw the presiding deity of the city, Mahakal. We reached Jhabua before the end of the day, going through dusty paths and dry barren hills. Madhya Pradesh Tourism exhibited a photo gallery to give us information about the Bhagoria festival. This film, produced by an independent cinematographer, was a beautiful compilation of many years of Bhagoria festival. You will also want to know about the festival as a whole by reading this edition. So let me tell you, what information did I get from this movie and literature.

Bhagoria Haat Means Legends Related To Bhagoria Festival

The word Bhagoria has been used colloquially to run away. It means to flee or run away. That is the time when the young man runs away with his favorite girl.

According to a legend, the first hero and heroine of this festival were Bhava and Gauri. These are the names of Shiva and Parvati. For this reason, this festival is called Bhagoria.

According to another legend, the king of Bhagor conquered the region. The king permitted his soldiers that in this haat, which takes place a few days before Holi, they can offer love to a girl of their choice. Both can flee if the woman is approved. Since that time, it has become a practice that is still followed in some form or the other.

Bhagoria Festival Time

Bhagoria Haat takes place a few days before the Holi festival. Holi is a big celebration in this region. At this time, most people get paid for work and have enough money to spend. At this time, people of this tribe come back here from every corner of the world. Hence, this is the best time to get married or get your children married. The extent to which this practice is currently practiced is difficult to predict.



We saw many young women walking in the fair, dressed up. In the form of a love proposition, he also saw young men putting colors on them. At the same time, while putting his stamp on the love proposal, he also saw many young women accepting bets. How much our society approves of all this is a matter of discussion. We discussed this subject with many people. We received different responses to this so-called practice of getting married in the Bhagoria festival.

Based on what I have read, heard and seen about Bhagoria festival, my analysis says that at some point it must have been an opportunity for young men and women to meet each other and express their feelings. Perhaps some of them may have taken advantage of this and escaped with their partner. Over time, it began to be recognized and became a tradition.

Bhagoria Festival of Bhil Tribe of Jhabua

There is no fixed place in Bhagoriya Haat or the market. Every year, for seven days before Holi, a different village hosts this market every day. One can check any local newspaper to get information about the designated site.

First of all, we visited the village of Valapur, which is located almost on the Gujarat border. It was noon after reaching there. The market was already filled with young men and women drenched in colors. The one that spontaneously caught our attention was the many groups of young women who wore the same type of makeup. All the women within a group were wearing the same color and the same clothes and jewelry. However, the color of each group was different. Black, blue, red, green, purple, orange and sometimes a mixture of two colors. The seductive ornaments of these women were of solid silver. He also had his trousers covered in the same way. Seeing all this, I realized that Herschholhas had similar expressions on his face.

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Bhagoria Haat Festival of Valapur

It took us some time and a little effort to find groups of young men who are future brides and brides. Such groups were few but easy to identify. They were all wearing beautiful dhotis and holding colorful flutes. Beautiful figures were painted on the flutes. Perhaps it was the unique way of those young men to tell that they are single and looking for a bride. I enjoyed discussing it with them. They wanted to talk but were also hesitant. For a long time, these groups kept on shouting here and there, looking at each other. We also sat down tired. After some time we saw them coloring each other. The boys were trying to apply color on the girls, while the girls were running around to avoid the colors.

One of us noticed that a young woman accepted a drink from a young man. That is, he accepted the young man’s love proposal. We can’t know what happened after that. For this, we had to stay in the village for a few days.

Festivals of Valapur

The atmosphere here was a typical rural fair. There were many shops around. Among them were the shops of the Halwaias, as well as many colorful shops, from pottery to silverware, from tattooing to toy stores, from fruits to bhaji. The busiest shops among these were sweets and snacks.
On the one hand, there were sports and entertainment. There were old round wooden swings that were being rotated by hand. There were many other swings and sports. Kulfi, ice pellets, and colorful cold drinks were also being sold. People were purchasing daily useful items. They were swinging somewhere and were also tasting food. Every item of people’s use and the choice was available here. Looking at the women, it seemed as if it was one of the few occasions when she could dress up, make up, and go out of the house and have fun because we made these women laugh in groups Seen walking.

Chopper Charm

The day we came to Valapur, the MPs from that region came there in a helicopter with his wife. There was a queue of people to see the helicopter coming down and flying back. As long as the helicopter was present there, it remained a major attraction here. A crowd of people had gathered around the helicopter. MPs came by helicopter, played a few moments, danced with the locals and had breakfast with us. After that, he informed us about the development in the tribal area, especially the teaching of girls. He also told us about the construction of a large residential school shortly.

Overall, we spent the entire day in a lot of joy and lots of dust. It is not known how many couples bonded in love on that day because now most people deny this tradition.

Bhagoria Festival of Ranapur

We spent the second day of Bhagoria Haat or festival in Ranapur village. It was closer to Jhabua, where we were staying. Bhagoria Haat in Ranapur was relatively crowded. The haats and festivities were of the same type as we saw in Valapur, but the style of clothing and jewelry was very different.

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Here the girls wore robes of raids, especially bandhani raids. In Valapur, there was a trend of unadorned, plain-colored clothes. Silver jewelry was equally heavy but had a very different texture. There was nothing like the goods of Valapur here, neither the people nor the shops like that! The girls applied bright tongs to the hair, leaving the tongs open. He covered the rest of his hair and head. Seeing them, I remembered an old Punjabi dialect called ‘Khulla Rakhdi Clip Dice’.

The huge wheel swing had become huge and motorized. Paan shops were also more numerous. Overall, the entire market and trade were more agile and agile. Trains, trucks and bullock carts full of people were visible. Dance programs were taking place in some corners. The processions of people singing and dancing were coming out. The MP who came to Wallapur also gave a visit here, but at this time the helicopter did not appear. At one place a dancer was dancing in turmeric stained. He covered the upper body with a red cloth and held a decorated coconut in his hand. Some players were playing drums around him.

Bhagoria Haat Shops

The small shops at Bhagoria Haat were very unique. I wanted to buy some silver jewelry. But the jewelry was very heavy there. They were not suitable for my urban environment. I saw some unique clay pan that was cooked in such a way that they have to be broken before use. Here I saw some unique rural searches. For example, old rubber tires were made and recycled by making slippers and buckets. Some intelligent tailors were preparing immediate costumes for foreign tourists. For this, they were using woven garments in their home handlooms.

We discussed with some villagers about the Bhagoria festival. We found that each has its version and its interpretation of the festival. I discussed with a young couple and tried to know their thoughts about the festival. He was hesitant to discuss and come in front of the camera. He told that his parents and family members had decided on him. Whatever be the situation, everyone here looks forward to this celebration. This festival provides them plenty of entertainment as well as shopping and business opportunities.

Celebration one, many looks! This was a revelation for us. In villages situated a few kilometers away, the same festival is largely celebrated in the same way, but each village’s own culture and specialty gives it new dimensions and gives it a new color.

Tribal Dance of Bhil Tribes at Bhagoria Haat – a video

This dance is called Lahiri because Bhil young men and women perform this dance while waving like the waves of the ocean. Youths perform this dance of Bhagoriya festival with a bow and arrow in their hands and young women with a musical instrument in their hands.

Jhabua Handmade Dolls

Let us show you another video that gives you information about hand made dolls in the Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh. Made from cotton and cloth, these dolls represent the tribal tribe of Jhabua. During the Bhagoria festival, during my Jhabua visit, this award-winning artist is giving information about his art.

India is the land of fascinating festivals. Wherever you go in India, you will see many beautiful, unique and entertaining festivals.

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