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Rajo celebrated with traditional fervor in State




 Rajo Mahotsav, a festival dedicated to womanhood, is celebrated across the State with traditional fervor and enthusiasm.

The denizens of Bhubaneswar came out in large numbers on Wednesday to celebrate the three-day festival -- Rajo Parba -- which heralds the cultivation season in State.

In a bid to promote the festival, Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) like every year organized Raja Mahotsav at Panthanivas here.
Several families and groups of girls were seen thronging the Panthanivas to satiate their taste buds with various types of pithas and ‘Rajo Pan’.
Some of the delicious pithas available at Panthanivas include – poda pitha, kakara pitha, pura manda, khira gaja, arisha pitha, chakuli pitha, dahi bara, chakuli pitha and ghuguni, and chhena poda.
Packed and assorted pitha baskets  -- poda pitha, arisha pitha, kakara pitha, and manda pitha -- were available for the food lovers to be carried home or relatives and friends.
A large number of visitors thronged the Pan stall and stood in queue for delicious pan.
 Sunil Mohanty of Old Town area waited for his turn to lay his hands on a pan and popped it into his mouth as soon as he got it.   
Pan vendors said on an average they sold nearly 800 pieces by early afternoon.
Young girls, attired in new dresses, jewellery and chapals swayed in the flower bedecked swings set up at the venue for the revellers singing ‘Banaste dakila Gaja...’
OTDC officials claimed that food items worth over Rs 50, 000 were sold on June 13 – the opening day of the festivities.





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