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Jun 14, 2020
2:04PM

Odisha’s unique festival Raja Parba begins today

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On Raja Praba, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the people Of Odisha hoping that the festival strengthens the spirit of brotherhood in society. Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik also sent his heartfelt wishes on the occasion of the Raja festival.
Raja Parba, Odisha’s three-day unique festival celebrating the onset of monsoon and the earth’s womanhood has begun.
 
As a mark of respect towards the earth during her menstruation days, all agricultural works, like ploughing, sowing are suspended for the three days.
 
AIR correspondent reports that despite restrictions and weekend shutdown in 11 districts, people are celebrating Pahili Raja with their loved ones and preferred to stay indoors. Odisha Government has banned any kind of congregation between 13 to 16
June in several districts.
 
The government has warned that violation of any of the above conditions will attract suitable penal action as per law. Raja Sankranti is the first day of the Ashara month. It is celebrated on the day prior to the Sankranti, (Pahili Raja), the day of Sankranti, and the day after, known as Bhu Daha or ‘Basi Raja.
 
The festival is essentially the celebration of the earth’s womanhood. It is believed that during this time the Mother Earth or Bhudevi undergoes menstruation. The fourth day is the day of the ‘purification bath’.
 
As it is a celebration of womanhood, a lot of the focus is on young women, who wear new
clothes, apply ‘Alata’ on their feet and enjoy folk songs while swinging on decorated rope swings.
 

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