Varanaseya Utkal Samaj celebrated Boita Bandana Utsav Maintaining the cultural tradition of Odisha, the Odias residing in Varanasi celebrated “Boita Bandana Utsav” under the aegis of Varanaseya Utkal Samaj (VUS) on 14th November, 2016. For a very long time, VUS is spreading the Odia culture among the Odia people and beyond the Odia community living around the holy city of Varanasi. The programme was celebrated at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
In this holy morning, students and Odia family members made colorful rangoli in front of Tulasi Choura .The function started at 7.00 AM with traditional ritual of Puja at Tulasi Choura . After that the main ritual of floating and worshiping of the miniature boats started. A large beautifully decorated boat was made to symbolize the voyages undertaken by our ancestors and glorious maritime past of our state.
To mark the memorable occasion, Prof. B. K. Panda, Prof. Pradosh Mishra, Dr. Kalyan Ghadei, Dr. Asit Sahoo, Dr. Prasant Kumar Nayak and many other Odia members were present with their family. The programme was coordinated by Amiya Kumar Samal, General Secretary, VUS and Mr. Bibhuti Bhusan Sahoo. The designing of boat was made by Subham Prakash Dash, Nihar Ranjan Kar, Sarbjit Das, Biswajit Sahoo. Odia Students of different faculty of BHU were present in large number.