31 Jan 2018

Aghira Purnami & Lunar Eclipse


Aghira Purnami or Agira Purnami (Odia: ଅଘିରା ପୂର୍ଣ୍ଣିମା କିମ୍ବା ଅଗିରା ପୂର୍ଣ୍ଣିମା) is a local festival in Odisha which was celebrated in the month of Magha according to the Odia calender. This festival observes in the month of January or February according to the Grogrin calender.

According to some fact, this festival is celebrated to goodbye winter. Some of believed that this festival is for the farmers. After harvesting, farmers offer of the straws to the god of fire so he would burn the insects during the next cultivation.

The ritual of this festival is to make fire some straws after the puja by Brahmin and people also offer some vegetables, coconut to the fire. And it's believed that some disease cured by eating those brunt vegetables. Some people also keep the ash at home to keep safe from the evil powers.







* All these photographs are taken by Bikas Ojha, Anand, Ganeswar Nayak and Sangram Keshari Senapati.

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