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On the auspicious occasion of Samba Dasami Sun God’s car festival was celebrated at Konark

Konark:1/1/23:On the auspicious occasion of Samba Dasami (the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha of Pausa month of Odia almanac), age old tradition of Sun God’s car festival was celebrated at Konark in Puri.

Konark is famous for Sun Temple, dedicated to Hindu Sun God. Here car festival is celebrated on Samba dasami. The Chariot is pulled from Ananta Abadhuta mutt to Chandrabhaga.

Today, for the Mahayajna, the idol of Sun God was first consecrated following some special rituals. Then ‘Kakara’, 108 numbers of ‘Bara’ and ‘Poda Pitha’ were offered to the god on the chariot. The chariot pulling started after the mahanta of the mutt completed the ‘chhera panhara’ ritual.

There is a legend associated with Samba Dasami and Chandrabhaga. In Dwapar yuga, Lord Krishna cursed his son Samba to suffer from leprosy. When pleaded, Lord Krishna asked him to worship Surya. After 12 years of severe penance on the bank of Chandrabhaga river, he could please Surya and recovered. During this period, he also recovered an idol of the Sun God from the river.

On this auspicious day, devotees thronged Chandrabhaga and worshipped the Sun God with offering Him Kakara and Poda Pitha to get the blessings for the family members to live disease-free lives.

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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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