17 Jun 2018

"A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there but a guiding light whose love shows us the way". 

Yesterday, I was watching a video on YouTube, where a guy told that father is the roof of the family, under which you did all your activities and he is watching everything silently. He may not talk with childer regularly, but he always listens to their conversations with mother. 

In childhood, every child's dream is to be like their father, he is their hero, he is their world. This is just a day like other days but on this day is dedicated to fathers. I never support or against these days, because for me, every day is for our father, we should be there with our parents when they actually need us not only on the Mother's day of Father's day. 

But never against this day, because if we spare some time for them on this, then they would be happy. And yes, celebrate father's day, mother's day, etc, but be there with them when they need you. 

Thank You and Happy Father's day to all. 💞👪🙏

PS: I love this concept by Puravee mam for presenting this day of the plate. They are everything for us and we are here only because of them. 
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After the end of 3days celebration of Raja festival in Odisha on the 4th day, the festival is concluded with this ritual which is called "basumati snana" (Odia: ବସୁମତୀ ସ୍ନାନ) locally. Basumati means "the earth" and snána means "bath". Here the stone made hand grinder (silapua) is used as the symbol of the mother earth of Bhumi. Ladies bath the grinding stone with turmeric paste and adore with flower, sindoor, etc. All types of seasonal fruits are offered to mother Bhumi.  

16 Jun 2018

We have been waiting for Raja since last 360 days and it came with lots of happiness. But these three days had passed like three hours. Yes, in these three days, people did lots of fun, eat lots of food. It's time to say goodbye to Raja and have to wait for the next year.

It comes every year but never loses its craze among people. Now-a-days Odia people staying in various states, various countries, but they never forgot their festivals, their cultures, their traditions. So, everybody was waiting for this festival and finally, it gave lots of things this year. Yes, we have crossed 200+ blog yesterday on Raja Sankranti and achieved this in 8 months. 

Here is the Last Raja or Sesha Raja (Odia: ଶେଷ ରଜ) dinner scene shared by Dr. Biswa Ranjan Kar. All these foods are prepared by Rashmita Mam.

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Poda Pitha is famous for Raja Parba and we have shared lots of photos of Raja Parba, Raja Pana, different types of Raja Pitha in our previous blogs whose links are also mentioned below. You may find all the Raja Pitha blogs from the links with bold letters below.

Here we have some mouth-watering Poda Pitha shared by Dr. Rashmi Ranjan Sahoo. This cake was prepared by his better half at their home especially for Raja Parba. 

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The signature dish of Raja parba, Poda Pitha is also Lord Jagannath'sfavoritee dish. Poda pitha means burnt cake (Poda = Burnt). This can be made with only rice batter or you can also add splitted black grams to it. Spiced with ginger, cardamom, black pepper with added desi ghee, dry fruits and coconut. This is slowly baked wrapped in a leafy cover to perfection. Raja celebration is incomplete without Poda pitha and the cooking part is done one day prior to Pahili Raja as burning anything is prohibited during these 3 days of Raja.

PS - Today is last day of Raja parba which is known as Sesha raja/Bhu daha/ Bhuin na'ana.

  • This blog is Written by Lucy Prija. She had prepared this food and clicked this photo.
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Doli is a like a game famous for Raja Parba in Odisha. There are different types of dolis we have seen in our life. Here are sharing some snaps of Raja Doli.

Doli has lots of scientific significance which you might get from Google. There are lots of benefits of Raja Doli. Now-a-days you may find lots of Doli in Parks, but Raja Doli has its unique attraction. These are decorated with flowers to make it beautiful.

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Photo: Nidhi Aja

Photo: Alisa Sahu
Photo: Alisa Sahu
Photo: Ganeswar Nayak
Photo: Ganeswar Nayak
Photo: Smruti Ranjan Sahoo, On frame: Shakti

"We love to eat and love to Share." This tagline was initiated when we have started this work as My Photography, but due to some problem, we were unable to update regularly. Now we are trying to get in touch with the help of some friends by sharing their lovely snaps with us.

Here we have taken some photos of Odia foods specially prepared for Raja Parba. Raja Parba is the important festival in Odisha not only for girls but also for all. And yes, there are lots of legends about Raja Parba and this festival is also observed outside Odisha with various names. Previously we have shared some blogs about Raja and some other related information and the links with their name are provided below.
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Photo: Dr. Biswa Ranjan Kar
Photo: Dr. Rashmi Ranjan Sahoo
Photo: Dr. Rashmi Ranjan Sahoo
Photo: Swagatika Behera
Photo: Soumya

15 Jun 2018

Pana or Khilipana (Odia: ପାନ or ଖିଲିପାନ), is considered another main thing of Raja Parba. Usually, people offer Pana after the meal in various occasions like Marriage, Thread Ceremony, etc. Some people also eat Pana after their meal, but some chewing it every time. 

Raja Pana Shared by Seenu Mohapatra
Related things to prepare Pana shared by Anand
A snap shared by Anand at time of preparing Pana.
Pana Shared by Anand
Mitha Pana shared by Lucy Puhana
Shared by Smruti Ranjan Sahoo
Shared by Barada Das
Photo: Shakti
Raja Celebration at Capgemini, Bhubaneswar. Photo: Surajit Mishra
Shared by Barada Das
Photo: Barada Das

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