Across cultures, the mother goddess is invoked during harvest festivals. She is associated with the earth, with fertility and is worshipped as a symbol of fecundity and prosperity. This is a practice recorded from North India, particularly from the states of Madhya Pradesh and Punjab. It was a common practice followed by farmer communities (when it was recorded in the early 1900s) and involves the worship of Macandri Mata. This is done after the completion of the sowing season.
The ritual/prayer is carried out by the farmer/cultivator and does not involve any brahmin or priest. This is what he does:
At the edge of his field, a farmer puts up a three-sided wall of mud (a semi-circular structure) about a foot high. It is meant to represent a hut. The structure is covered with green khus grass (vetiver) and at the two ends of the hut two parts of a Palasa wood are struck into the ground. Interestingly, the palasa tree has great significance in many Indian rituals and gods are said to prefer their offerings in vessels made from its wood.