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Nuakhai festivities grip western Odisha

 Religious fervour and festivities marked the Nuakhai festival across western Odisha today as people celebrated the traditional agrarian festival in the region.

Navanna (newly harvested rice) was offered to Maa Samaleswari as per the ‘lagna’ between 9:05 am and 9:15 am today.

Notably, the festival is celebrated with great fervour in the western Odisha’s Sambalpur, Sundergarh, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Bargarh, Subarnapur, Deogarh, Jharsuguda and Boudh districts.

The farmers offer new grain to the deity in symbolic gesture to welcome the new crop.

As per the tradition, the head of the family collects paddy from the field early in the morning after offering milk and flowers to the crop and mother earth.

He then distributes the porridge cooked with milk and sugar to family members after offering it to the deity.

The elders then bless the young ones in the family and greet each other as part of ‘Nuakhai Bhetghat.’

People working away from their native places return home to celebrate the festival with family members.

A large number of devotees, attired in new Sambalpuri clothes, throng Maa Samaleswari’s temple and Gramdevi pithas of the region to offer them Prasad on the occasion.

Several community programmes are organised to mark the festival in which all sections of people take part with great enthusiasm.

People of Western Odisha living in other parts also celebrated the festival with enthusiasm and religious fervor.


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