Berhampur:20/3/17: Thakurani Jatra of Silk City Berhampur will begin with the ‘subha khunti’ or sacred pole installed by the chief or Desi Behera of the Dera or weaver community. The festival revolves around welcoming the deity Budhi Thakurani to her parental abode.
As per legend the Dera community chief used to collect flowers and offer it to the Goddess everyday. Once on a Chaitra Tuesday night he heard a girl crying on the road near his veranda. When he enquired why she was crying, the girl in a black saree replied that she lost her way to her father’s house. The kind Dera chief asked her to take rest at his house as she was like his daughter. The young lady then suddenly disappeared in the nearby bushes.