Opium Ceremony or Amal – Ka – Dastur or Riyan is a ritual practiced in the Thar Desert areas of Western Rajasthan possessing, serving and consuming opium is illegal, serving the drug to guests has been ages old ritual for the people of this part specially among the Rajputs and Bishnoi communities to build strong relations among the two person and community, Ladies are not part of these ceremonies.
Right from preparing, serving and then consuming it is a proper religious ceremony . Opium granules are dissolved in water , ground and mixed with jaggery, sugar, saffron and milk and then strained in a wooden pot filtered by using cloth cap upside down and extract is collected again in a wooden pot .
First of all it is offered to the lord Shiva and then to the gathering .
The opium ceremony, where it is taken in small doses, is an important part of any social occasion, be it a birth, a wedding or a funeral in the Thar region of West Rajasthan The ritual is followed by all the castes but it is most prevalent and important ritual among the Bishnoi and the Rajput community, each ceremony has a different name for the occasion
Riyan Ceremony is a big gathering for a marriage , a birth of a child or just a community social gathering . People present their are offered the dose one by one by the elder of a family who first washes the palm and wipe it with one end of his Turban ( Pagadi) and few drops are put on the palm which is immediately consumed by the guest . Attendance in such gathering means support to the host family and not accepting the opium is treated as an insult .
Amal – Ki – Manuwhar ( Amal means Opium , Manuwhar means To offer) in this ceremony the family offers the small doses of the extract to the people to show their gratitude by their presence .
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