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Covid-19 takes the shine off Sabitri festival

Bhubaneswar, June 10: The Sabitri Brata this year too is similar to that of last year for the second time. Women are not going to temples as the lockdown restrictions prohibit large gatherings at places of worship.

The festival is observed by married Hindu women on the Amavasya, the no moon day in month of Jyeshtha. The ritual, which originates from the legends of Sabitri and Satvayan, considered sacred even today.

On this occassion, the women observe a fast and visit the temple wearing a new saree, bangles and tray full of fruits for the good health and long life of their husbands.

However, this year, the usual excitement about shopping was missing owing to the second wave of Covid-19. The business of the shopkeepers are also down as people are buying for the sake of following the rituals only.

In some places, the local administration has also imposed section 144 of CrPC in and around the temples. Rituals are only being performed by priests as per temple rules following the statewide lockdown.

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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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