Talcher,18/04/19:The nine-day-long famous Maa HingulaYatra began on Thursday with a devotional power among the people of Talcher and its periphery.. The deity’s seat at Gopal Prasad near Talcher has awoken to life with thousands of devotees visited the spot on the first day. This time, Maa Hingula in the form of fire has appeared at three hundred meters away from the eastern corner field of Maa Hingula Temple.
The holy seat of the goddess is situated on the bank of the river Simhada. The deity resembles to Jwalamukhi of Assam who is worshipped as Hingula or Hingulei or Hingulaksi. It is for this reason that the presiding deity of Talcher who bears the form of fire is named Goddess Hingula.
In the Sarala Mahabharat, we find Maa Hingula as the as the manifestation of the Goddess Sarala. It is believed that one can get all wishes fulfilled by paying a visit and worshipping Goddess Hingula. It is also believed that the foods become easier to cook and delicious due to the blessings of Maa Hingula.
According to a legend, when queen Gundicha thought of introducing sixty pauties of Bhojan (daily offerings) for the Lord Jagannath and sought the permission of the Lord, the king was ordered in a dream to worship Goddess Hingula for the smooth conduct of cooking, which led the king to Bidarbha to bring the Goddess to Puri. King Nala brought the Goddess Hingula in his upper garment, in the form of fire. But a marvel took place when the King Gajapati and Nala were taking rest near the bank of the river Singhada at Gopal Prasad Gada, where the Goddess disappeared and a voice from the void announced Gopal Prasad Gada to be the holy place (Puja Peeth) of Goddess Hingula. The voice also declared that her two associates Kuteisuni and Karadei will also be worshiped here. However, the place of action of Goddess Hingula became the kitchen of Shree Mandir.
The main worship of Mother Hingula is conducted on BishnuDamankChaturdashi, which falls on the fourteenth day of the bright phase on the moon in the month of Chaitra. The festival starts from an auspicious moment on the Thursday of the dark fortnight (Krushna Pakhaya) when the chief worshipper remains on austerity away from his family in the temple. A special oven is made here and the worshipper cooks and takes his meal once in a day till the completion of the festival. He remains aloof from family affairs. Even he abstains himself from daily rite like shaving etc. A special worship is offered to the Goddess on every Thursday of the month of Chitra. An auspicious day is chosen on the basis of the star and zodiac position of the Goddess before a week of the festivals and on the same day the Goddess is worshiped on the pendal of the deity “Kuteisuni”. The worship is called “Jantal Puja”.
It is believed that the deity worshiped enters into the body of the patiara after the performance of the puja which is known as Sodasaupachara (Sixteen rituals).
The Goddess indicates the direction of her appearance by entering the body of the patiara and the tradition says that the Goddess generally appears from the eastern or the western direction of the Peetha. Dehury, the traditional worshipper of Goddess, goes to find out the place of appearance of the Goddess in the midnight of the same day. Since the Goddess is seen the form of fire and moves at many places and moves from one place to the other, Dehury worships the Goddess by chanting RsSabari Mantra’ and pacifies her by making a fire on the Charapthar (char/coal).
Every day more coal is added to the main fire of the Goddess during the time of worship by which the girth of the Goddess increases to the very big dimension on the final day of the festival. A kandha tribal fixes the appliqué presented by the king of Talcher by tying it to four bamboos. This appliqué has a height measuring sixteen hands from the place of appearance of the deity The devotees offer a lot of things like jaggery, honey, ghee, variegated silk sarees, sweets ,coconuts, jute, incense sticks and many others into her fire which are consumed by Her. In the afternoon Alam, the mobile image of the Goddess arrives at the big pendal from the temple for worship, in a procession accompanied by the devotees and the traditional instrumentalists and drum beaters, who carry umbrellas, cymbals, conches, Chowries, etc along with chanting devotional songs and Kirtans.
The festival will continue for nine days and will last on 26th of April. Meanwhile, the district administration has made necessary arrangements to ensure the festival event-free by allocating Close Circuit Amaras in crowded places to detect the miscreants and other mishaps . About five to seven lakh of devotees are expected to attend the event. Separate barricades have been made for females and males at the temple site and at the Uvastala. Traffic arrangements and parking facilities have been made in the both sides field near Karadei temple. Police in civil dresses have also been deployed. To maintain discipline and control the large crowed, securities of MCL., volunteers of Saint John Ambulance team, volunteers of Civil Defence, Scouts volunteers from nearby schools and above all Home Guards deployed under supervision of AngulDist and Talcher Police personnel. Addl. SP Santosh Kumar Mishra,SDPO,Hemant Kumar Pand and IIC Talcher Soubhagya Chandra Swain are on the spot to control and co ordinate for keeping peace in this Mela and Lok Mahotsav.
The Managing Trustee of Maa Hingula Trust Board and Sub Collector, TalcherParesh Chandra Nayak said, “All precaution measures have been taken by the puja committee. Fire men, health teams with ambulance and other volunteers have been pressed into service.
All the MCL authorities of different areas are also cooperating to mark the seventeenth Lok Mahotsav a grand success with many cultural teams of this locality and outside have been invited to perform.”
Due to Lok Sabha and Assembly election to be held here on 23rd of this month, no political interference have been seen in this yatra and Lok Mahotsav. Free food stalls, cold drinks, fruits stalls for the devotees are opened in large nos. by different organisations and trade unions to attract people to come and enjoy again and again.
Jajpur,16/01/19:Large numbers tribals observed Makar Sankranti in the tribal dominated villages of Jajpur district on Monday .
This festival, unlike other Hindu festivals, is not dependent on the position of the moon, but on position of the sun. On this day, the sun enters the zodiac sign of Capricorn. To compensate for the difference that occurs due to the revolution around the sun, every eighty years the day of sankrant is postponed by one day. In the present period Makar-sankrant falls on 14th January.
Benefit of highest merit acquired by a Holy dip on the day of Makarsankrant: The time from sunrise to sunset on Makar-sankrant is auspicious. A Holy dip during this period carries special significance.
It is widely accepted that there is an inseparable relation between God and dance in tribal culture for which tribals danced on Sunday .
The tribes celebrated their festival with gusto and fervor. More than 60% of the population of tribals in Jajpur depends on agriculture and therefore most of their festivals revolve round agriculture. They consider their festivals sacred and so participation in these festivals including Makar festival is compulsory.
The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of tribals and display its extravaganza and traditions, said Sana Munda a tribal of Sukinda.
For visitors it means a closer understanding of the people and culture of tribals. The festival unites one and all and people enjoy the colorful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and religious ceremonies. Traditional arts which include paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures are also on display. Arunachal Pradesh and a part of Assam in the North with Manipur in the south. munity.
The prime festival is celebrated with pomp and grandeur by Adivasis and Non-Adivasis alike in the Oriya month of 'Pausha' and English month 'January' when the paddy reaping is half done and the mind is free from all lures and anxieties. Irrespective of caste, colour and crew and age all partake in religious gaiety and fervour.
The Makar fair sits at Dubari which pull a huge crowd.Lakhs of people took a holy dip in various rivers and ponds and offered prayers at different temples on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, the festival of harvest.
Puri,26/12/18:Ticket system for darshan of Lord Jagannath and his divine siblings will begin from New Year, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief Pradipta Mohapatra informed this here on Wednesday.
Speaking to media, Mohapatra said, “Ticket darshan, which is a variant of Parimanik Darshan, was already there in the Record of Rights (RoR) of the shrine. The Pratihari Nijog was entrusted with the task to prepare a blueprint for introduction of the ticket darshan system.”
On ticket prices, Mohapatra said the rate has not been fixed yet. Earlier, SJTA used to charge Rs 50 for Parimanik darshan of the deities which again increased to Rs 100. Ticket darshan is one of the main sources of revenue of all temples across the country, he added.
On Abadha rate charts, the SJTA chief said, “We have done an internal scrutiny and almost given a final say to the proposal. Abadha rate charts will be put on display at Anand Bazaar on the temple premises from New Year soon after necessary discussion with Suar Mahasuar Nijog.”
Nabarangpur,08/12/18:The Mondei festival and Pallishree mela began here on Friday.Theinaugural puja was performed at Maa Bhandara Gharani the presiding deity of this district. The rituals were performed at the temple to obtain the divine ordain (Agyanmala) of the deity.
Chief guest SC and ST development minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi, MP Balabhadra Majhi,Chairperson of district planning committee and local MLA Manahar Randhari, Chairman of Estimate Committee and Bahmagiri, MLA Sanjaya Das Burma, Dabugam MLA Bhujabala Majhi, Umerkote MLA Subash Gond, Chairperson of Zilla Parishad, Bhagabati Bhatra, Chairperson of tribal development council Motiram Nayak, Chairperson of Odisha Cashew development corporation Muna Khan,Collector Ajit Kumar Mishra, present at inaugural puja and procession.
The colourful carnival procession moved to Mahatma Gandhi Marga, passed through the main road thoroughfares of the town and reached near the festival podium at Police ground. Besides the traditional folk dance troupes’ students from various schools, colleges andmembers of various outfits participated in the procession. The Mondei carnival reached Mondei Rangamanch in the evening. The symbolic Mondei Mahotshav Bima, Bhimani, were installed near the Mondei ground. Later Palishree Mela was inaugurated by the Chief Guest.
Speaking on the occasion Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi, said through Mondei, the district showcases the hidden talent and also reaches out to the people to create awareness about the different government schemes. It is an opportunity for the cottage and rural industries to display their products at a Handicrafts exhibition, Majhi said.
Chairperson of district planning committee and local MLA Manahar Randhari, narrated different developmental steps of state government to improve health, education, ransportation, electrification, facility of this district.
Nabarangpur MP Balabhadra Majhi, said MP Balabhadra Majhi, said the district which completes 22 years of its formation, could proudly claim that it produced patriots, freedom fighters, eminent men of letters and harbingers of its rich culture. The very ethos behind this spectacular show is to afford a scope for every hidden talent to bloom unhindered. This also offers an opportunity for the rural poor for free mingling with the town-bred and more importantly for cultural exchange. Mondei is now people’s festival he added.
Presiding the meeting collector and chairperson of district council of culture Ajit Kumar Mishra, said that ‘Mondei’ festival strives to proclaim the rich heritage of art, culture and tradition of Nabarangpur district. Through an appropriate platform it spreads the message of love and friendship, unit and integrity, peace and tranquillity, prowess and prosperity. By drawing in varied classical forms of art from different parts of Odisha and other states and showcasing them, Mondei stands out as an emblem of India’s rich cultural legacy. This process not only enriches the local heritage but attempts to build Nabarangpur into a strong and prosperous district by showing the seeds of love and brotherhood among all.
As many as eight cultural troups performed their dances in day one. Some of the attractions of the festival were Dandia dance, Nagaland Tribal dance, Dhemsa, Gotipua and Ghumara dances. District Supply and Marketing Society (DSMS) is organising the five- day Pallishree Mela on the sidelines of the festival. This year, 200 stalls selling household articles, forest produce and food products have been set up at the mela. A tele film cd based on developed Nabarangpur was inaugurated by the guests.
Sambalpur,04/09/18:The lagna (propitious moment) for celebrating western Odisha’s mass festival Nuakhai was fixed for September 14.
As per the schedule, the Nabanna (new rice) will be offered to goddess Samaleswari, the presiding deity of Sambalpur, between 8.10 am and 8.40 am on September 14, a day after Ganesh Chaturthi.
Later, people will celebrate the festival with family members, relatives and friends with offering delicious dishes and food items.
Worth mentioning, the lagna for Nuakhai is decided on next day of Janmashtami by the Brahmamandap Pandit Mahasabha here every year.
Nuakhai has been celebrated for ages with great fervor in western Odisha districts of Sambalpur, Sambalpur, Sundergarh, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Bargarh, Subarnapur, Deogarh, Jharsuguda and Boudh to welcome the new paddy crop.
Puri,24/07/18:After a tiring Bahuda Yatra and Suna Besha,the holy Trinity was offered a special drink called ‘Adhara Pana’ on their respective gigantic chariots today.
Through large earthen pitchers extending up to the lips of the deities, the special drink was offered as part of the ‘Adhara Pana’ ritual. The drink was offered after a ‘Sodosha Upachar Pooja.’
Called as Adhara pana, it is one of the main attractions during the Puri Rath Yatra and draws lakhs of devotees.
Soon after the offering is made, the earthen pitchers are smashed on the chariots spilling the entire drink on the floor of the chariots.
As per servitors, apart from ‘Parshwadevatas’, several ghostly bodies and souls who trail with the Lords during the Rath Yatra eagerly wait for this moment. It is believed that such evil spirits attain salvation (Mokshya) by drinking the holy drink which is spilled on the chariot decks.
Bhubaneswar;Padmabibhusan Dr.Raghunath Mohapatra inaugurated “ Art Pilgrimage” a group exhibition of drawings and paintings by Artists of Odisha and Banaras on Friday , at Subhadra Art Gallery, Bhubaneswar. Senior I.A.S. and Chief Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Trust,Puri , famous cine artist Dr Ashru Mochan Mohanty and Prasanta Patnaik, Editor of Sanchar attended as guests.
Among others Prof. S. Param Singh, Founder of Anand-One, Varanasi briefed the audience about the purpose of the Art Pilgrimage from Banaras to Bhubaneswar to interact with the people of the pilgrim cities and to encourage the artists.
As many as 20 artists from Banaras participated and exhibited their best paintings and drawings which were highly appreciated by large number of art lovers, critics and media persons.
Excellent art works of nine guest artists were also displayed. They were Arun Kumar Pallur, Baladev Maharatha, Binodini Behera, Manad Ranjan Jena, Raghunath Sahoo, Sanjata K.C., Sureswae Dhala and Tuhina Joshi.
Participants from Banaras included Asha Prakash, Ajaya Upasani, Dr Gitika, Dr Sarada Singh, Dr Sunil Kumar Singh Kushawaha. Jyotsna Mishra, Nidhi Tripathy, Pankaj Sharma, Pankaj Kumat Verma, Pankaj Verma, Rahul Singh, S. Parnam Singh, Sankaya Kumar, Shalini Yadav, Sjradha Chaturvedi, Snehalata, Satyend ra Singh Booni, Sunil Kumar Viswakarma and Visakha Pathak.
The Kalbela Dance by Prof S. Pranam Singh, Arcylic on Canvas, Devotion-II by Aasha Prakash, “Man Vrs Nature” by Ajay Upasani, “Dream to Fly” by Dr Sharada Singh, “Holy City of Kashi” by Jyotana Mishra, “Folk Art “ by Nidhi Trpatrhy, “ Power of Nature” by Rajiba Lochan Sahoo, “Affection” by Sanjay Kumar, ‘Mystry” by Sttendra Singh Baoni, and “Butterflies” by Tuhina Joshi were largely appreciated by the visitors.”Mathuragaman” by late Laxminarayan Sahoo was an unique display.
The exhibition will remain open till 23rd June for the visitors.
Bhubaneswar:Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today appointed former BJD Rajya Sabha MP Dilip Tirkey as the Chairman of Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC).
The former captain of Indian national hockey team was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha as BJD MP on March 22 in 2012 and his tenure as Rajya Sabha member ended on April 2, this year.
Notably, OTDC is a Government of Odisha undertaking corporation. It was incorporated in the year 1979 to promote tourism in the state and operate some of the existing tourist bungalows and transport fleets in commercial line. OTDC’s Tourist Bungalows are called as Panthanivas.