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Due to COVID-19, the pandemic has dampen Kumara Purnima festivity

Bhubaneswar: 31/10/20: Although Odisha Government has been imposing restrictions on celebration of various festivals in the state this year due to COVID-19,  the pandemic has failed to dampen Kumara Purnima festivity today.

As Kumar Purnima is celebrated indoor without any mass gathering , the state government has not issued any guidelines for it. With fasts and various rituals, young girls and women in the state are celebrating the festival as usual with pomp and gaiety.

Wearing new clothes,  girls and unmarried women performed the traditional rituals in their respective houses in wee hours today. They will worship the full moon later this evening.

Kumara Purnima is also known as Sharad Purnima. It is a harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month. The festival marks the end of monsoon season and beginning of the month of Kartika.  In Odisha, goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on this day for wealth and prosperity. Maidens observe fast and pray for getting suitable grooms.

Apart from worshipping the sun and the moon gods, other highlights about this festival are the signature Kumara Purnima game ‘Puchi Khela’, the delicious ‘Chanda Chataka’ and the Kumar Utsav.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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