Hingot is a traditional war festival which is observed at Gautampura village in Indore district of Madhya Pradesh. The festival is celebrated every year on the second day of Diwali Diwali, but it was held on the third day of the festival of lights.
Indore (MP): The traditional fireball festival, Hingot, which is celebrated at Gautampura village in Indore district of Madhya Pradesh left 30 people injured, the police said on Thursday. The festival is observed every year in the village, 60 kilometres from the district headquarters, on the second day of Diwali, which is called Dhok Padwa, but it was celebrated on the third day of the festival of lights, sources further said. Those who take part in the festival are called warriors.
Hingot, a type of wild fruit, which people of the village gather and dry up before Diwali. After that, it is stuffed with gunpowder and tied to wood. The villagers then light up the wood and throw it at one another. It is a tribal festival. Nevertheless, because of covid-19 pandemic, the festival could not be celebrated for two years. A fire engine, a few ambulances and adequate police men were deployed in the village for conducting the festival, besides CCTV cameras were installed at the spot.
Thousands of people flock to the village to witness the Hingot war festival. The ground was also covered with nets from all sides to keep the audience at a safe distance, sub-divisional magistrate Ravi Kumar said.
On Wednesday evening, 150 warriors belonging to two groups — Turra and Kalgi — participated in the Hingot war festival.
As the ambulances were available on the spot where the festival was celebrated, the injured were rushed to a nearby health facility. Twenty-three of them were discharged after they were given first aid. The severely injured ones are still undergoing treatment, the police said.