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Western Odisha is all set to celebrate the agrarian festival of the region ‘Nuakhai’

Sambalpur:24/8/19: Western Odisha is all set to celebrate the agrarian festival of the region ‘Nuakhai’, the ‘Lagna’  (auspicious time) of which has been scheduled for September 3 this year.

As per tradition, Pundit Mahasabha was held on Saturday at Jhaduapada-based Bramhapura temple in the district. It was decided that on September 3, from morning 10.05 am to 10.20 am, Nabanna (newly harvested rice) will be offered in Samaleswari temple in Sambalpur.

On the occasion, people will offer Nabanna, the newly harvested paddy, to Goddesses Samaleswari and later to their presiding deities on Nuakhai.

“Nabanna is first offered to Maa Samleshwari then people take it to their home and distribute it among family members and this year also the Pundit Mahasabha decided to observe this festival with traditional instruments of dhol, Nisan and Mahuri ahead of the harvest festival of Nuakhai,” said a priest.

While Goddess Samaleswari was worshipped in Sambalpur, residents of Bolangir offered prayers to Goddess Patneswari. Goddess Sureshwari was worshipped in Subarnapur while it was Goddess Sekharbasini in Sundargarh. Similarly, in Sonepur, several groups have now started special rehearsals for programmes.

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