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Jharkhand is an Indian state that’s located in the country’s eastern region. Ranchi is the capital city of the state and the language spoken here is Hindi. Some major cities in Jharkhand are Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Bokaro and Dhanbad. Jamshedpur is the state’s largest city. Jharkhand covers an area of 74,680 sq. kilometers. In the local lingo, “Jharkhand” literally means ‘The Land of Forests’.

The adivasis in the state constantly rebelled against the British colonial rule and played a major role in India’s freedom struggle. The revolts took place during 1700 to 1900 AD. Some of the famous Adivasi freedom fighters were Tilka Manjhi and Birsa Munda, Poto Sardar, Phulo-Jhano, Gaya Munda and Maki Munda. Jharkhand was earlier a part of Bihar and was declared as an independent state in the year 2000.

Why Visit Jharkhand

Jharkhand is home to two National Parks viz. the Betla National park and Hazaribagh National Park. Some sacred sites in the state include Parasnath Hills, Sitagarha Hill, Deoghar and Rajrappa. The Sitagarh Hill in the Marwateri Basin has a famous Buddhist shrine.< br>
Madhupur and Ghatsila are places with a wonderful climate and they present tourists with a bounty of flora and fauna. The state is full of scenic plateaus, forest tracks and abrupt hills.

Exploring the Culture of Jharkhand

Jharkhand is a tribal dominated state. There are many festivals in which saplings or seeds of a tree are sown and then later worshipped as Gods or Goddesses; and some festivals that sport such rituals are Jitia Puja, Karma Puja and Sharul. Kali Puja and Durga Puja are celebrated with much fervor, as the state is located near Paschim Banga. The Tusu fair or the Poush Mela is famous in the state, where the harvesting season is celebrated.

Jharkhandis enjoy rice as their staple diet. Unlike other parts of India, Jharkhandis use less spices in their meal. Different preparations of rice include Dhuska, Rotis, Pittha, Kera-Dudhauri, and Dudhauri. Dhuska is a famous Jharkhandi dish cooked with pulses, mashed rice and is served with mutton curry or aloo dum; Kera-Dudhari is a popular dish in Jharkhand prepared with rice, milk, gur and ghee. Some of the curries prepared in the state are Egg Charpa and Sembi Charpa. The Jharkhandis use drumstick flowers, and Jhiroola to make dishes. Green leaves used for their food are Kataei, Palak, Saranti, Koinar and Sarso.

Folk dances in Jharkhand are performed along with traditional musical instruments and some of the dances that are unique to this region are Bheja dance, Janani Jhumar dance, Phagua dance, Damkach dance, Sahrul dance, Chhau, Paika, Nachni, Karma, Agni, Choukara, Santhal, Natua and other dances.

The tribes that perform dances in Jharkhand are called Kunjbans. The Kunjbans have performed widely across the globe in Europe, Asia and many other major continents and countries. Tribal music is dominant in the state and some popular forms are Janani Jhumar, Jhumta, Dohari Domkach, Daidhara, Pratkali and Mardana. br>

acts for Tourists

Jharkhand has a very active Maoist belt and have been a reason for trouble in the recent past. Women are advised not wear revealing clothes while visiting temples. International tourists are advised not to drink local liquor, as they might be spurious and unhealthy.




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