Sambalpur:31/ Priests on Tuesday finalised the ‘Lagna’ (auspicious time for ritual) for Nuakhai, the agrarian festival of Western Odisha.
The ‘Navanna’ or newly harvested rice will be offered to Goddess Samaleswari, the pre-siding deity of Sambalpur district, between 10.15 am and 15.20 am, on September 11 this year.
Following traditional puja at the Brahmapura temple in Sambalpur city, priests finalised the Lagna, a day after the Janmashtami yesterday. As per the tradition, the Nuakhai is celebrated on ‘Panchami tithi’ of the Odia month of Bhadraba.
Nuakhai is celebrated by offering the newly-harvested crop to the presiding deity as a mark of gratitude for good rain and bumper harvest.
Every year, the auspicious time for celebration of the festival is decided by the Brahmamandap Pandit Mahasabha at Brahmapura temple a day after Janmashtami.
The festival is observed with much pomp and gaiety across western Odisha districts of Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Kalahandi, Balangir, Bargarh, Subarnapur, Deogarh, Jharsuguda and Boudh to celebrate the reaping of new crops.