Celebrations Galore On Nuakhai

People across Western Odisha celebrated the festival with religious fervor, devotion and enthusiasm on Tuesday, a day after the Shree Ganesh Chaturthi.

The festival began with offering Nabanna, the newly harvested paddy, to Goddesses Samaleswari Devi in Sambalpur and Shree Patneswari in Balangir.

Large number of devotees thronged the Maa Samaleswari temple to witness the traditional ceremony and seek the blessings of the Goddess, while cultural programmes were also organised in different areas on the festival, which symbolizes harmony and brotherhood.

The first rice was offered to Maa Samalai as per the time fixed by the pundits. Goddess Samaleswari was adorned with new saree and ornaments, said Samaleswari  Temple's Chief Priest, Ambika Prasad Ray.

Like Samaleswari temple in Sambalpur, the ritual was also performed before Patneswari in Bolangir, Sureswari in Sonepur, Sekharbasisni in Sunderagrh and  Nrusinghanath of Paikmal, Ghateswari of Chipilima, Bhattarika of Brajarajnagar and all Gramdevi shrines of villages across the state.

People, attired in new clothes, also celebrated the festival in their own houses which were decorated for the occasion, while the farmers worshiped the paddy fields.

Special delicacies were also prepared and offered to the family deity in every household before the family members sat together to savour the food.

On the occasion of Odisha’s Peoples’ Festival Nuakhai, Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on 3 September  greeted the people of the State.

Prof. Lal in a special message wished the people of the state happiness and prosperity, the chief minister extended wishes to the people by tweeting in Sambalpuri.

The Governor whished the farmers happiness and prosperity on the occasion of the agrarian festival, while urging them for transforming Odisha into an advance state in agriculture.

Chief Minister Mr.Patnaik prayed for the wellbeing of the people and wished smooth operations in agriculture, trade and business.

Union Petroleum and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan greeted the people with "Nuakhai Juhar" and hoped the auspicious festival will bring good luck.

Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik also made a sand sculpture on Puri beach to wish the people.

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