Sunday, June 14, 2015

Raja Parba being celebrated in Odisha on the onset of monsoon

Raja Parba or Mithuna Sankranti is a four-day-long festival and the second day signifies beginning of the solar month of Mithuna from, which the season of rains starts. It inaugurates and welcomes the agricultural year all over Odisha, which marks, through biological symbolism, the moistening of the sun dried soil with the first showers of the monsoon in mid June thus making it ready for productivity. Its 2015 date is June 14-16.
Raja Parba being celebrated in Odisha on the onset of monsoon
Raja Parba being celebrated in Odisha on the onset of monsoon

the first day is called Pahili Raja,second day is Mithuna Sankranti,third day is Bhu daaha or Basi Raja.The final fourth day is called Vasumati snan.
They pass these three days in joyous festivity and observe customs like eating only uncooked and nourishing food especially Podapitha, do not take bath or take salt, do not walk barefooted and vow to give birth to healthy children in future. The most vivid and enjoyable memories one has of the Raja gaiety is the rope-swings on big banyan trees and the lyrical folk-songs that one listens from the nubile beauty enjoying the atmosphere.
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