Khudurukuni Osha - ଖୁଦୁରୁକୁଣି ଓଷା (Festival for the girls)

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.

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