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In PHOTOS: Bull run in Maharashtra

Last updated on: August 29, 2011 17:18 IST

Every bull has his day

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The bull was the star of the show yesterday, August 28, in farm homes across rural Maharashtra. Bail Pola (also Bel Pola), celebrated on August 28 across Maharashtra, is a fashion parade for bulls.

Photographs: Vaihayasi Pande Daniel
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New moon on Bail Pola

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On Bail Pola, celebrated on a new moon day during the month of Shravan (August), Maharashtrian farmers give their bulls the day off. The plough and yoke are put away. No tilling happens.


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Bail makeover

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The farmers then get down to washing the stubborn critters at their wells, before decorating the bels with coloured powder, balloons, flowers, mirrors and painting their horns.


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An official day off

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The bull is worshipped on Bel Pola and the country backroads are crowded with decked up bulls being taken to the nearest local temple.  



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Puran poli for dessert

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Often fairs are held on Bail Pola. Bulls get a special meal. And Puran Poli is on the menu for its owners


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