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Diwali Celebrations Begin In Odisha With Many Offering ‘Paya Shraddha’ To Ancestors

Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of Diwali also known as festival of lights, festive fervour gripped residents of Odisha as they thronged firecracker markets, sweetmeat shops and also conducted special rituals like ‘Paya Shraddha’.

In Puri, lakhs of devotees thronged Srimandir and lit ‘Kaunria Kathi’ (jute sticks) in front of Singhadwara while chanting ‘Badabadua Ho Andharare Aasa, Aalua Re Jao’ (Oh forefathers, come in darkness and go back in light) and offered ‘Paya Shraddha’ to their ancestors on the occasion of Diwali.

It is believed that the spirits of our forefathers visit the earth on Mahalaya and return to their heavenly abode after receiving Paya Shraddha on Diwali. The district administration has made special arrangements in and around the temple to ensure smooth conduct of the rituals.

People also visited Bindusagar lake in Bhubaneswar to offer Paya Shraddha to their descendants.

In Bhadrak, special rituals are being conducted at Bhadrakali Peetha on the occasion of Kali Puja which is celebrated for seven days here and the goddess is decorated in seven different attires during these days. A huge crowd gathered in the temple to offer prayers to the goddess.

On the other hand, though firecracker business across the State was hit hard due to incessant rainfall in the last few days, firecracker shops witnessed heavy footfall.

As per reports, as many as 300 owners have been granted licence for setting up crackers shops in Bhubaneswar. Apart from crackers, demand for decorative and LED lights have also reportedly increased among the customers.

The Commissionerate Police has issued guidelines for residents of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack as per direction of Supreme Court to celebrate Diwali safely.

As per the guidelines, the bursting of crackers has been allowed only between 8 PM and 10 PM. Sale and use of firecrackers that generate sound over 125 decibels have been completely banned. Besides, bursting China manufactured fire crackers has also been banned.

On Saturday, tourists from Russia along with many school students and locals celebrated Diwali by exchanging sweets in front of Sun Temple in Konark. They also organised a rally and drew Rangoli to mark the celebrations to spread the message of ‘Swachha Bharat’ and ‘No To Crackers’.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan took to Twitter and greeted the people on the occasion of Diwali. Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik also extended Diwali wishes through a sand art at Puri sea beach with the message ‘Let’s Celebrate Green Diwali’.


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