Gomira is a socio religious festival that is celebrated in worship of Chandi and Kali in order to attain devine blessings
From the godess . The festival is celebrated mostly at the end of Bengali year . Gomira is actually an animistic tradition
in which the primitive people pay their homage to different Gods in order to attain security. The Gomira dance have extensive use of
wooden masks. The artists Wear various masks which depicts various incarnations of Kali, Nrisingha and ghosts.
Though Gomira is celebrated in jalpaiguri and Dinajpur, it originated from Malda. Traditionally the Gomira starts four days priour to the end of Chaitra and
ends in the first day of Baisakh. However the tradition is not followed strictly now a days and it starts on the last day of chaitra at Kushmundi.
The Gomeera festival starts with Ghot bhora which is the ritual of Collecting water in an earthen pot from the nearby pond or river. The following saturday
is celebrated in worship and dance in the local field. After nine days they have the Gomeera nach or Gomeera dance wherein the artists dressed up in Godly attires and
wooden masks .
The wooden masks are the symbol of the richness of the craftsmanship of the local people. Masks of various forms of kali,the rakshashas(deamons) animals are used. Nrisingha masks are very common. Pigions are sacrifised and their blood is fed to the dancer who have the the Bhor(trance). It is interesting to know that Narasinghee a figure of Chandi is transformed into Narasingha a figure of vishnu in course of time and so oftentimes a mass choras ofkrishna naam(Hare krishna) is heard during Gomeera which otherwise is a contradiction to the Hindu rituals as Krishna and kali could never be worshipped at the same time. For the ease of use paper mache masks are also used now a days, which are less durable.
The Kushmundi village is a home of Gomeera mask makers. Almost every house in the village makes wooden masks . Now a days bamboo masks, various other wooden items are also very common products , which are prepared by the artists of Kushmundi. Its a great experience to visit kushmundi and see the heritage mask makers at their work.
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Kaliagunj is the nearest railway station.
Kushmundi is connected with kaliagunj through bus and private car service.