5 Oct 2018

Nirmaljhara is renowned for Lord Vishnu and a beautiful water stream, which is situated near Khallikote (Odisha) and a distance of 60 to 70 km from Berhampur. This water stream name as Nirmaljhara flows out from an image of Lord Vishnu's feet. Over the year the beautiful stream has evolved as one of the famous tourist sport and pilgrim places. The Nirmala Jhara flows from the from the Badaghati Mountains in the Eastern Ghats.

Along with the Vishnu temple, there are several temples like Jagannatha, Bimala, Radhakrushna, Nilakantheswara, Ganesha, etc inside the campus area. According to the history, these temples are made by Balunkeswar Maharaj, the King of Khalikot in around 1700 AD.

Some days before, one of our friends, Jolly Bisoyi had visited this place and she had captured these beautiful clicks and also wrote this blog for us. 

3 Oct 2018

Ghantia (Odia: ଘଣ୍ଟିଆ) or Ghanta Tarkari (Odia: ଘାଣ୍ଟ ତରକାରୀ) referred to one Odia food dish which is prepared by the mix of lots of vegetables. Ghantia is famous for the Dutibahana Osha (Odia: ଦୂତୀବାହନ ଓଷା)

So, yesterday was Mulastami or the Dutibahana Osha. Read more about this festival in our previous post. Women do fasts on this day and worship to Lord Dutibahana in the night by offering some special fruits, vegetables. And those vegetables used to prepare this dish in the next day morning.

In the morning, women who do fasts again worship near a pond and share some prasad among children. When I was a child, I used to go with them and now these things became a dream for us. But, we never miss this thing at home.

So, my mother had prepared this dish in the morning before going to the school. The curry is prepared by mixing of lots of vegetables whose name I also don't know. But the taste is awesome. And one more interesting this about this festival is, people do share this curry with their friends. As per our culture, happiness increases by sharing. So, we shared ours with others and other sent theirs to us. So, we can exchange a good taste with each other. 

2 Oct 2018

Dutibahana (Odia: ଦୂତୀବାହନ ଓଷା) is a festival in Odisha celebrated in the month of Ashwina (Odia: ଆଶ୍ୱିନ) according to Odia calender, which is in the month of September and October as per the Gregorian calendar. This festival is also known as Pua Jiuntia which is generally observed by mothers to invoke the grace of Lord “Dutibahana” for the long life and prosperity of their sons. 

According to the Odia calender, this festival is observed on the 8th day which means on the Astami (Odia: ଅଷ୍ଟମୀ) also known as Mulastami (Odia: ମୂଳାଷ୍ଟମୀ) from Indu Purnima or the Bhagabata Janma

In the day of Mulastami, women do fasts and don't drink water too. In the night they worship to the Lord Dutibahana by offering different types of fruits, vegetables, etc. 

25 Sep 2018

Bhagabata Janma (Odia: ଭାଗବତ ଜନ୍ମ) is celebrated on Indu Purnima. People do Bhagabata Puja on this day. This Bhagabata Janma is based on Sanskrit Bhagabatam written by Byasadev. Jagannatha Das had translated this from Sanskrit to Odia. 

We are celebrating Bhagabata Janma on that day when he started writing Odia Bhagabata. 
Photo: Manaswini Sahoo
Photo: Rajeev Lochan Nayak
Photo: Rajeev Lochan Nayak
Photo: Rajeev Lochan Nayak
Photo: Rajeev Lochan Nayak

19 Sep 2018

The Budhei Osha or the Budhi Bamana Osha (Odia: ବୁଧେଇ ଓଷା) is a festival celebrated in Odisha on every Wednesday in the month of Bhadrav or Bhadraba (Odia: ଭାଦ୍ରବ). This is celebrated in the month of August and September according to the Gorgerin calender. According to our Odia Tithi (one special type of Odia calculation) calculation, this Osha or Fast is celebrated in between Gamha Purnima and Indu Purnima
The women worship an idol of Maa Mangala. The idol is prepared using Turmeric and Water and given the shape of a human on a Curry Stone. Cowries are used to make the sense organs of the idol. This fast is kept for 4/5 Wednesdays by Women for their children in Odisha. According to another myth, this fast was kept to cure blindness and leprosy as well.

According to a myth a wine dealer’s wife was cured of her leprosy and a pregnant Brahmin woman had a safe delivery after pleasing the goddess through their fasts.

16 Sep 2018

Khudurukuni Osha (Odia: ଖୁଦୁରୁକୁଣି ଓଷା) is an Odia festival, also known as Bhalukuni Osha (Odia: ଭାଲୁକୁଣୀ ଓଷା) celebrated by unmarried girls. This festival is celebrated on every Sunday in the month of Bhadrav (Odia: ଭାଦ୍ରବ) which is in between August and September as per the Gorgerin calender. On this festival, the girls worship Maa Mangala (Odia: ମା' ମଙ୍ଗଳା) to protect their brothers. 

This festival started with a legend from Tapoi (Odia: ତଅପୋଇ), one sister of 7 Sadhabas (Sadhabas were ancient mariners from the Kalinga empire). Her brothers didn't return for 10 years, so she worshiped Maa Mangala to protect her brothers and they returned back. After that this festival started. 

Last Sunday, we had shared a small story with some Bhoga, this time we are sharing the idols of Maa Mangala for Khudurukuni Osha. These photos are shared by one of my friend named Pinkina Sahoo.

  • Read the previous blog from this link.

9 Sep 2018

Odisha has various festivals being a state of cultures and traditions. One of those festivals is Khudurukuni Osha which is also known as Bhalukuni Osha. In this festival, young unmarried girls worship Goddess Mangala for the well-being of their brothers. But according to the book that reads as "Khudurukuni e atai, Jaha magiba taha pai".

This loosely translates to that "Goddess Khudurukuni can fulfill all your wishes". The book is a story of a young girl named Tapoi who was ill treated by her sisters-in-laws (except the youngest one) after her brothers traveled far for business. She started worshiping Maa Mangala and got out of all the troubles when her brothers came back.

This festival is celebrated every Sunday during the month of Bhadrab. This festival includes a recital of the book, offerings of various types of fruits, Rasi laddoos (sesame seed laddoos), sweetened puffed rice and lots of other prasads to the Goddess. May Maa Mangala bless you all with happiness and prosperity.

~ Jai Maa Mangala 🙏 ~

26 Aug 2018

Rakhi is basically a sacred thread of protection embellished with the love and affection of a sister for her brother. This day is also known as Raksha Bandhan and celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravana in India. This frail of a thread of Rakhi is considered as stronger than iron chains as it binds the most beautiful relationship in an inseparable bond of love and trust.

On the day of Rakhi, sisters prepare the pooja thali with Diya, roli, chawal, rakhi thread and sweets. Sisters tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brothers amid chanting of mantras, put roli and rice on his forehead and pray for his well-being. She bestows him with gifts and blessings. In turn, brothers also wish her a good life and pledge to take care of her. He gives her a return gift. The gift symbolizes the physical acceptance of her love, a reminder of their togetherness and his pledge...

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