Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Danda Nata or Danda Yatra famous festival in Ganjam

Danda Nata or Danda yatra is one of important festival in Ganjam  The danda nata festival is being held in the month of Chaitra of the year. The Danda Jatra is a kind of ritualistic festival. Danda begins on an auspicious day before the Chaitra Sankranti or Meru Parba with traditional worship and fasting. The total number of days for the festival is 13, 18 or 21 days.Only male persons take part in this festival.The participants are known as the 'Bhoktas'. All the `Bhoktas` lead a very pious life for all these days during the festival and they avoid eating meat, fish or cohabiting during this period.
Danda Nata is an Indian dance festival that originated in the Boudha of odisha.Danda Nata is a form of a religious festival that has theatrical and dance components.The dance is done mainly to worship Lord Shiva, the God of destruction of the Hindu mythology. There are other Gods and Goddesses that are worshipped by the spiritual dance also, such as Krishna Ganesh, Kali, and Durga amongst others. The low caste Hindus and the high caste, such as the Brahmins, all participated in the Danda Nata.The people wear in the traditional yellow color saree.

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