‘Nuakhai’ fervour grips Western Odisha
Sambalpur: Celebrated a day after ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ every year, Western Odisha is all set to celebrate ‘Nuakhai’ tomorrow.
As per the ‘Lagna’, ‘Nabanna’ or rice out of newly-harvested paddy crop will be offered to Goddess Samaleswari, the presiding deity of Sambalpur between 9.05 am and 9.15 am.
On the occasion, Goddess Samaleswari will be draped in a new sari and adorned with ornaments.
“We will offer the ‘Nabanna’ to our presiding deity and Goddess Laxmi as a mark of gratitude for bumper harvest, good rain and favourable weather for farming,” said a resident of Sambalpur.
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“The head of our family worships the household deity and offers new rice. Then ‘prasad’ is distributed and we all sit and have our food together,” said a resident of Bolangir, adding that whoever works outside the native land returns home during the festival to celebrate it with family members.