Nuakhai Celebrated In State

People across Western Odisha celebrated the festival Nuakhai with religious fervour, devotion and enthusiasm today.

Teachers, who have hit the streets on MG Road here celebrated the auspicious festival on the road itself.

They did Pujan of Maa Samaleswari and distributed sweets among the people, while celebrating Nuakhai on streets.
However the main festival began with offering 'Nabanna', the newly harvested paddy, to Goddess Maa Samaleswari in Sambalpur.

On this occasion, Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Friday greeted the people of
Odisha on the occasion of 'Nuakhai', a harvest festival.

"The festival reminds us of the important role of agriculture in our lives from time immemorial. Let us salute farmers of the country on this auspicious day and take a pledge to improve their lot," Mr.Naidu said in a twitter post.

"May this festival bring cheer, joy, prosperity and happiness to all! #NuakhaiJuhar ... My greetings to the people in Odisha and Jharkhand on the auspicious occasion of Nuakhai, the harvest festival," the Vice-President said.

While Governor Ganeshi Lal greeted the people on the occasion in a special message and wished them happiness and prosperity, the Chief Minister extended wishes to the people by tweeting in Sambalpuri.

A number of distinguished persons and Union Ministers including Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma took to twitter handle to greet the people of Odisha wishing happiness and prosperity in everyone’s’ lives.

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president (OPCC) Niranjan Patnaik was also among those who greeted people on the occasion and prayed for peace, harmony and prosperity.

BJD MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo, Former BJD MP Anang Udaya Singh Deo, State BJD Member, Arkesh Narayan Singh Deo greeted people on the occasion.

Former Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda in a twitter message greeted the people and said 'Nuakhai' was a festival of new cultivation, new hopes & aspirations of the people in Odisha.

Globally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik erected a sand sculpture on Puri beach to wish people.

 A large number of devotees thronged the 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 temples Priest, Ambika Prashad 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 also celebrated the festival in their homes attired in new clothes, while the farmers worshiped the paddy fields.




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