Customs and Traditions
These are the main kulachar or customs seen performed in Chittapawans.
» Bodan, Gondhal, Gauri-Ganapati, Navratri and Dev Diwali.
The word Bodan comes from Sanskrit word Vardhan meaning Growth.
The Bodan is offered when you make your family (Vansh Vruddhi).
After the arrival of new baby the Bodan is offered to Devi (Shakti)
to seek her blessings for the whole family.
In Chitpavans, Gondhal is performed whenever there is a marriage
of any family member. In this Gondhal, the newly married couple
performs puja of their Kuladevata (Family Deity) and seeks her
blessings. This Gondhal and Puja is performed at night. Then
they end this puja by praying deity with her Aarti.
3) Gauri - Ganapati
Fourth day of Bhadrapada is celebrated with tremendous enthusiasm
as Ganesh Chaturthi in honor of Lord Ganesha, the God of wisdom.
Almost every household installs Ganesha idols, made out of mud
and painted in water colours, at home. Early morning on this
day, the clay idols of Ganesha are brought home while chanting
Ganpati Bappa Morya and installed on the decorated platforms.
Then the Ganapati Pujan is done with all rituals.
Gauri / Mahalakshmi
Along with Ganesha, Gauri (also known as Mahalaxmi in Vidharbha
region of Maharashtra) festival is celebrated with lot of festivities
in Maharashtra. This is three-day festival. On the first day,
Gauris arrive at home, next day they eat lunch with variety
of sweets and on the third day they return to their home. In
Chitpavans, Gauris are taken home in the form of 5 riverside
stones. They are treated with lots of love since they represent
the daughters arriving at their parents' place.
This festival starts on the first day of the Hindu month of
Ashvin. The nine-day festival of Durga culminates in Vijayadashami
(Dasara). This is the one of the three auspicious days of the
year. Traditionally, stars need not be consulted for starting
a new project on this day. People also exchange leaves of Apti
tree as symbol of gold. During Navaratri women and girls hold
bhondla, a singing party in honor of the Goddess. In Chitpavan
families they invite Kumarika, Suwasini (married woman) during
these 9 days. Also perform Mahalaxmi puja on Ashtami and offer
Bodan to Devi on the 10th day i.e., Dasara.
5) Dev Diwali
You won't find this particular custom in any other community.
This is found only in Chitpavans. This Dev Diwali occurs on
the next day of Kartik shuddha 15 - Paurnima, that is Margashirsha
Pratipada. And it is celebrated remembering all Kula Devta,
Sthan Devta, Vastu Devta, Gram Devta etc.