Braving the early morning winter chill, people across Odisha thronged river ghats and other water bodies to set afloat miniature boats on the occasion of Kartika Purnima on Tuesday. The Boita Bandana Utsav (boat festival) is held every year to commemorate the rich maritime history of the state.
Reliving Boita Bandana, Odisha’s rich maritime history. This spectacular capture is from Bindusagar in Bhubaneswar with Lingaraj temple in its backdrop.
A devotee preparing to set afloat miniature boat in the water body
Devotees light up diyas, keep betel leaves and nuts on the miniature boats
Passing on the rich tradition to the future generation
Huge rush of devotees at Bindusagar on the occasion of Boita Bandana utsav