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Thousands of devotees thronged Samaleswari temple to have a glimpse of ‘Dhabalamukhi Besha’

Sambalpur:25/9/22: Thousands of devotees thronged Samaleswari temple in Sambalpur city to have a glimpse of ‘Dhabalamukhi Besha’ of the Goddess Samaleswari, the presiding deity of undivided Sambalpur district on the occasion of Mahalaya.
Maa Samaleswari remains dressed in red costume round the year except on Mahalaya when it changes to white. The ‘Dhabalamukhi Besha’, is also referred to as ‘Ganga Darshan’. It is believed that the darshan of the Goddess in the Besha is as good as taking a holy dip in the Ganga.

According to the information, darshan of the Goddess has been allowed from 6 am to 7.30 pm. Preparation for this ‘Besha’ started in midnight following which the doors of the temple were opened at 5.30 am for the devotees for ‘darshan’. The devotees waited for the day with all devotion to take a glimpse of the Goddess in the morning. They lined up in long queue to enter into the temple.

During the Navaratra, the Maa Samaleswari would be adorned with different Beshas like Sailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kusumanda, Skandhamata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagouri and Raja Rajeswari. During these nine days, the temple also witnesses a huge turnout of devotees from Odisha and neighboring States.

Mahalaya, which marks the beginning of Durga Puja celebrations, is here. It is observed at the end of Shradh or Pitru Paksha, a 16-day period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors. This year, this special day is falling today (September 25). After Mahalaya, Navaratra Puja continues for nine days in Samaleswari temple. The shrine witnesses huge footfall during these nine days as people come to light ‘Akhanda Deepa’ during Navaratri.

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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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