Saturday, June 11, 2016

Celebration of Raja Festival in Coastal Area

Raja parba or Raja Festival or Mithuna Sankranti is a four day long festival. The Raja festival is one of the major festival in odisha. In Every Year Raja festival falls on 14th June. The Raja Festival falls in mid june.

The first day is called pahili raja,Secod day is Mithuna Sankaranti, third day is Basi raja. The final fourth day is called Vasumati snana.

During these three days women and girls take rest from house hold work and wear new Saree,Alata,and ornaments. Its similar to Ambubachi Mela. The most popular among numerous festivals in Orissa, Raja is celebrated for three consecutive days. 

Just as the earth prepares itself to whence its thirst by the incoming rain the unmarried girls of the family are groomed for impeding matrimony through this festival.

Believes About Raja festival:-
This festival is believes that mother goddess Earth or the divine wife of lord vishun undergoes menstruation during the first three days. the fourth day is called as vasumati adhua.

Rituals of Raja festival:-
During the three days women are given a break from household work and time to play indoor games. Unmarried girls wear in new fashion dress or traditional sare and Alatha in feet. 

All people abstain from walking barefoot on earth. Generally various Pithas are made of which podopitha, and Chakuli pitha are main. People play a lot of indoor and outdoor games. girls play swings tieed on tree branches whereas aged ladies play Cards and Ludo. Many villages organise kabbadi matches among young men.

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