People & Culture
In the district Narsinghpur, people belonging to all castes & creeds, live harmoniously, kshatrias are the main class among them. The Kaurav, Lodhi,Kirar, Rajpoot & Gurjar classes are very hard working & live peacefully basically engaged in agriculture & farming. The society here comprises of mainly the Hindus, but even the Muslim & Christian people from other religions also live with the feeling of brotherhood & unity here. There is no sign of any communal hatred here. In this district, people respect all the religions. Festivals like Deepawali,Holi,Eid, Gurunanak Jayanti, Mahaveer Jyanti & Paryushan parve are celebrated in a gorgious number. People love the story of Ramayan, & often Ramayan mandal, manas sammelans, religious lectures are organized in villages. People live simple living here & ware clothes like Dhoti, Kurta, Bandi & put a Gamcha on shoulders. Even in the rural as well as in urban areas people ware Pant, Shirt, & Pajama. But since people in villages with agricultural background put on Dhoti & Kurta. The food habits of the people basically comprise vegetarian food, & liking towards non vegetarian food is not much. People in this district are having qualities like simplicity, honesty & are inculcated with moral & spiritual thoughts. Approx.75% population are engaged farming or are agricultural labors. Remaining people are engaged in small-scale industries or business or are serving. One particular feature of the people of this area to that they loves a feeling of self-prestige & they are emotionally attached with this feeling. It is with this being of self pride & prestige people of this district fought during fight for independence, it is the feelings which often leads to family fights & personal enmity.
Festival, Folk dance & Songs
Rakshabandhan, Holi, Dusherra etc are the festivals which has got religious conviction and social importance . During Sawan people dances while singing serra and rachchre. In the month of Phagun on the Holi occassion people sings rahi and fagi.At the time of Deepawali Aahir wore a special type costume madeup of nets which is covered by peacocks feathers and Kaudies. After Worship of Gowadhana (Lord Krishna) Aahir sings and dances. On the ocassions of Tribal marriages men and women both performs Karma and Saitaan dance. Similarly Kachchies do Virha, Kahars do Sajaai, Kirars do Bilwari. According to Hindu Calender that is Vikram Sanwant Ramnavami is the first festival of the year which falls in Chaitra Month. which is ofcourse first moth of hindu calender. Actually this is known as Nau-Durga because of nine days continuous worship of Goddess Durga along with fasting growing Jaware. On the last day that is on Navami people took these Jaware with a procession and do Visarjana in different ponds and rivers.People celebrates Lord Ram’s birthday very grandly. In rural area Akhti festival has got an extra importance because from this day only agriculure year begins it is celebrated on Vaishakh sudi Akshay tritiya. Shravan sudi has Nagpanchami festival.
Kajaliyan celebrated on second day after Rakshabandhan. In this people exchange kajaliyan with their friends and relatives in mark of respect.Bhadra month Krishan Paksh’s sixth day married women celebrates Harchat (Halashti) , in which they wish for their children’s and husband’s safety and prosperity. Pola observed after 15 days from Janamashtami i.e. on Partipada when bullocks are worshiped. On Bhadra Sudi tritiya women do fasting (not even taking water) for 24 hours, which is called “Teeja” on this day they worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi and wishes for her husband’s prosperity. Other major festivals are Dusherra, Deepawali, Holi and Rang Panchami that is celebrated with full traditional way and joy.
Unique rock paintings found in the valleys of inaccessible and dense forests
Tribal village Bineki Tola, which comes under Nayakheda Gram Panchayat of Kareli Tehsil, is full of archaeological heritage for the district. Here the rock paintings of the Chalcolithic and Mesolithic period are made in the caves built on the banks of the Shakkar river. Their period has been told up to about 10 thousand years old. The rock paintings made here are made in red, ochre, and white, in which the art of warfare, animal husbandry, festivals, hunting figures and arrows, swords, spears, axes are made on the walls, as well as lions, deer, stag, wild boar, sheep. Pictures of creatures like elephant, python have also been engraved.
While searching for this, the joint team of Dr. VK Wakankar Archaeological Research Institute, Bhopal, conducted a survey from 2 to 4 March 2022. The survey team included Research Officer Dr. Dhurvendra Jodha and Archeology Lecturer of Vikram University, Ujjain, Ritesh Lot and Junior Fellowship of DelhiUGC, Shubham Kevaliya, who conducted a total survey. Numbering, marking of shelters, geotag, videography and registration of the discovery of 11 shelters has been done. Its information was given to the administration and archeology department by Kareli resident journalist Amit Srivastava, the same Dainik Bhaskar on February 3, 2020. was brought to the fore.
From Kareli Railway Station via Tehsil Chowk via Amgaon, via Nayakheda via Dilheri Pradhan Mantri Road to Gwari. After this, about 7 kilometers on foot and with the help of a two-wheeler, one can reach the village and the place where the rock paintings are located. Due to the forest and mountains, this path is quite inaccessible. The same other way can be reached by four-wheeler from Harrai tehsil of Chhindwara district via Chikla-Chakarpat, after that it can be reached by walking 5 km.
Apparel & Ornaments
Dhoti Kurta, Dhoti Kameez, Bandi and Gamcha on Shoulder are the main dress men wears in rural areas.Kaste Sarees are very common among rural women. whereas in towns and cities trousers, Shirts, suits are in fashion. Service class ladies wears Salwar suits . In general people love to have gold and silver. Ornament madeup of Silver and Gold like Laung, Nathani, Ear-rings, chain, mangalsutra, finger-ring, Comb, Bankada, Kardhan, Payal, Todal, Lachche, Bichiya and Machali are very common and in fashion.
Godana is a very common tradition and popular among the tribal women and children. Women belives that this is a compulsory for their well being and fortunate and a way of beauty treatment. Godana is an activity which is done by the help of needles inked by some solutions called ‘shusish’ with this designs, letters, impressions will be made permanent on the body. This is a true evidence of the creativity and fantacy of the tribal people in their artistic skills.
In the district mostly all caste of people lives in. Residents of this district are very hard working, peace loving, farmers life loving. People respect each others Caste,Religion,Customs & traditions. They celebrates each others festivals with full communal harmony and unity. Which clearly shows unity in diversity. the main language of the distirct is Hindi but the local language known as narsinghpuria is very popular. Here life is very simple. Living standard in not a show off kind. People are very simple, loving, kind, affectionate. Eating habits are mainly Vegetarian and found not much interested towards Non-vegetarian.