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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

With the farmers performing traditional ‘Akhi Muthi Anukula’, the ritual of sowing seeds in their paddy fields after ploughing their lands, agrarian festival ‘Akshay Tritiya’ is being celebrated across Odisha today.

As per rituals, farmers observe the festival as ‘Siddhi and Suddhi Dibasa’. They wear new clothes, carry a basket of seeds and sow those in their fields. These seeds are known as offerings to Goddess Lakshmi which is believed to bring rich harvest.

State level ‘Bhumi Puja’ was performed and ‘Akhi Muthi Anukula’ was held at Farm Machinery on the auspicious occasion today in which State Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo joined as the chief guest. Similarly, ‘Akhi Muthi Anukula’ was performed by State Food Supply Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain at Tigiria in Athgarh.

The word akshay means something that never diminishes and that is why it is believed that things started on the day of Akshay Tritiya continue to grow and prosper.

From this day, construction of the chariots for the famous Jagannath Rath Yatra begins too. Carpenters start making chariots for Lord Jagannath, Balabadra and Subhadra, for the procession to be carried out on the day of world famous Rath Yatra.

Akshay Tritiya also marks the beginning of the Chandan Yatra of the Holy Trinity of Srimandir in Puri. Madan Mohan, the representative idol of Lord Jagannath, along with the representative idols of Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra, Bhudevi, Sridevi and five Shivalingas known as Pancha Pandavas are taken out of the sanctum sanctorum, placed in lavishly decorated palanquins, known as bimanas and taken in a procession to Narendra tank. 

Srimandir Temple Administration has made elaborate arrangements for the festival which will last for 21 days.

The day of ‘Akshay Tritiya’ is considered to be auspicious for new beginnings like weddings, buying property, making investments, etc. 

Akshay Tritiya is also considered to be the day of the birth of Lord Parsurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is also considered to be the day when Ved Vyasa and Lord Ganesha started writing the Mahabharata.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik greeted the people of the State on the occasion.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also wished the farming community on the occasion and said farmers are the backbone of our country's economy.

BJP National Vice-President Baijayant Panda wished that the festival brings happiness, peace, harmony, prosperity and good health in the lives of all.


(Edited by Ramakant Biswas)

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