Traditional Haat Bazaar in Ranchi: Never Vanishing, Ever Growing (Part-I)

A local market in the City of Ranchi, Jharkhand which is unique, one of its kind; a twice weekly gathering, which brings together the people and their exceptional merchandise from different small villages in the State. The source of livelihood for many, a family affair for few, now a part of everyday life of the people at Dhurwa, Ranchi.

Let’s peek into the Shalimar Bazaar in Ranchi.

Uniqueness

Uniqueness in commodities | Traditional Knowledge | Local Commodities for Villager | Customs, Myths and Beliefs | Cultural, Medicinal and Inherited customs

Dona | Leaf bowl :

A skilled woman from Karra block in Ranchi District sews these leafy bowls called DONA. Made of two leaves of SAKHUA – Sal tree leaves (abundantly grown in the land of forest – Jharkhand), DONA can contain dry as well as wet food very well.

Selling Dona

It is highly sustainable even after it dries up. It is often used at homes on auspicious occasions as well as in local food shops. Selling at Rs. 6 per bundle of 20 pieces, this is what this woman does for her living.

Khaini | Tobacco :

Disclaimer: Eating Khaini is injurious to health.

Tobacco is a cash crop, only grown for profit reasons. This man selling Khaini has a variety of Khaini to offer you in neatly packed pouches.

Selling Khaini

Even though it causes serious health issues, it is very much prevalent and used commodity by the people. Do not be amazed to know that tobacco consumption among males was 76.41% and among females, it was 63.70% in the state!!

Rannu | Toddy Pellets :

Handiya (jharkhand’s Toddy), you name it and anywhere in Jharkhand and people will know what you are talking about. This tribal lady sells Rannu – Mundari (a tribal language) word for medicine which when fermented with rice produces the intoxicating drink called Handiya.

Selling Rannu

The lady never told me how these pellets were made and was reluctant even to speak out her name. Rs.4 per pc of approx 1” diameter pellets is a worth a try for the daring. But beware, it can be highly addictive.

Ojhaa | Soothsayer :

Shalimar is totally incomplete without this local Vaidh (the medicine man). From the roots of plants to the skins and nails of the weirdest reptiles; he sells them all.

Jharkhandi Ojhaa

This shop will give you a glimpse of the black magic, witchcraft and other such practices still prevalent in most of the unexplored parts of the state. Come and experience the “spine chilling products” in this shop.

Karanj Datun and Madhu :

Karanj (the Indian beech) Datun is the best for your teeth – is what my elders  have always told me. My grandfather used them all his life and his teeth were properly intact without any problems ever even at his age 95 when he passed away.

Selling Datun

Karanj flowers provide for a good source of nectar for the honey bees. This fresh unadulterated MADHU – honey should once be tasted by all. Priced at as low as Rs. 50 / half litre, it was the best I had ever had in my life.

Read the part – II

Usha Kiran Barla

Usha Kiran Barla

Born and brought up in Bokaro Steel City, she is a graduate in Apparel Production from NIFT, Bangalore. She is currently pursuingpost graduation in Design for Retail Experience at NID, Bangalore.
Apart from studies, she likes cooking, photography and shopping.
Usha Kiran Barla
Usha Kiran Barla

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Born and brought up in Bokaro Steel City, she is a graduate in Apparel Production from NIFT, Bangalore. She is currently pursuing post graduation in Design for Retail Experience at NID, Bangalore. Apart from studies, she likes cooking, photography and shopping.

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