Thousands of people on Saturday thronged various temples in the state on the occasion of Odia New Year, also celebrated as Maha Bisuba Sankranti.
Maha Vishuba Sankranti:
Maha Bisuba Sankranti, also known as Pana Sankranti, is the beginning of the Odia New Year and marks the day when the new Odia almanac comes into effect.
It is also known as Mesha Sankranti. It is on this day that Sun enters the sign Libra. The Odia community celebrates New year on the occasion. A sweet concoction known as pana is prepared and distributed among one and all. (Pana is prepared by mixing different types of fruits, water, milk, pulp of bela, curd and sugar). Poetry reading sesions and literary functions are also organised this day.
On this particular day, a small pot filled with pana or a sweet drink of Mishri and water is hung on a basil (Tulsi) plant. There is a hole at the bottom of this pot which allows the water to fall from the pot, representing rain. The flour of horse gram chhatua, along with banana and curd, is consumed by the people of Orissa after offering it to the Tulsi plant.
Special offerings are made to Shalagram, Shivalinga, Hanuman, and other deities. The devi temples of Cuttack Chandi, Biraja, Samaleswari temple and Sarala become crowded, which is called Jhaamu Yatra.
In Northern Orissa it is called Chadak Parva. In Southern Orissa the day is celebrated as the end of month-long Danda nata, and the final ceremony is known as Meru Yatra. People all over the state worship Hanuman on this day and celebrate it as his birthday. People enjoy chhatua and Bel Pana with great pleasure.
PM Modi and CM Naveen Patnaik greet people of Odisha on Odia New Year:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today greeted the people of Odisha on the occasion of Odia New Year, also celebrated as “Maha Visuba Sankranti”.
“To all my Odia friends across the world, greetings on Maha Vishuba Sankranti. Have a wonderful year ahead. We take immense pride in the rich Odia culture,” the Prime Minister said in a twitter post.
Patnaik also used the twitter handle to wish the people on the occasion of ‘Vishuba Sankranti’ and said the new year would bring happiness and prosperity to all with the blessings of Lord Jagannath.
The day was celebrated with religious fervour across the state with people distributing pana (sweet water) and were thronging in different temples. A host of cultural programmes were also organised in many places during the day, also celebrated as “pana sankranti.”
Special rituals were performed at Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri amid unveiling of new Odia almanac before Lord Jagannth, Devi Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra. (Input PTI)