Bail Pola was celebrated on 15th Sept 2023 with religious fervor. It is a carnival for farmers to offer their gratitude to bullocks, who drive their ploughs so that farmers can sow seeds and earn a living. It is enthusiastically celebrated in Maharashtra, rated in Maharashtra, Chattisgarh and Telangana.
To provide a first-hand experience of this age-old tradition a bull was worshipped during the morning assembly by the Head Master Mr Ajay Shirke, the academic staff and all school appointments, Puran Poli was offered to the bull and 'Dakshina' was given to the owner as a sign of love and respect.
Mrs Asha Wankhede, Asst Teacher explained in her address to the cadets that Pola falls on the Kushapatini Amavasya in the month of Shravana and one can see millions of stars in the night and it appears as if wheat flour has been sprinkled in the sky, hence it is also named as 'Pithori Amavasya'. She further gave a mythological reference that when Lord Krishna was a child his maternal uncle, Kansa sent a demon named 'Polasur' to kill him. However, Lord Krishna used his divine power to kill the demon. On this day, farmers decorated the bulls with jewellery and shawls. They paint the horns and put colourful ornaments adorned with garland and flowers. "Peasants family worship the bull and feed with Puran Poli, Karanji and dish of five vegetable cooked together", she said.
The programme was compered by Cadet Raghav Patel of Class 9th A.