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Sital Sasthi

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The Hindu festival of Sital Sasthi celebrates the divine marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

It is observed on the ‘sasthi’ (6th day) during the ‘Shukla Paksha’ (the waxing phase of moon) in the ‘Jyestha’month of the traditional Hindu calendar.

This date corresponds to the months of May-June in the Gregorian calendar.

Sital Sasthi is one-of-its-kind festival that is celebrated in a carnival form.

Artists and individuals from different forms of life come together and participate in the celebrations, and bring out the most beautiful and true colors of life.

Sital Sasthi is celebrated with immense fervour and gaiety all over India, especially in the Sambalpur district of Orissa.

The Sambalpur carnival on Sital Sasthi is a popular event that attracts thousands of tourists from all over India and abroad.

Sital Sasthi

  • The festival of Sital Sasthi is observed as the wedding ceremony of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. In Sambalpur it is celebrated as the ‘Sital Sasthi Yatra Festival’ and the festivities lasts for a period of 5 days. During this festival, a family of the region is chosen to play a role of Parvati’s father and mother and they present her hands to Shiva for marriage. As Lord Shiva is known as ‘Swayam Bhu’, no one plays the role of his parents.
  • The first day of the festival is known as ‘Patra Pendi’ day. On this day the chosen family adopts Parvati. After two days, the idol of Goddess Parvati arrives at the house of her adopted parents. As a part of the ritual, from this adopted home, the bride (idol of Goddess Parvati) is taken in a grand procession in the night for the marriage ceremony.
  • Much in the same way, Lord Shiva, accompanied by other Hindu Gods and Goddesses arrive at the place of marriage ceremony. This divine procession is lead by Lord Narsimha and Lord Hanuman.
  • All the normal rituals and customs are performed even for this divine marriage ceremony. The celebrations are witnessed by devotees from the neighbouring states and beyond. After the ceremonies, on the following evening, divine couple begin their journey of the town, referred as ‘Nagar Parikrama’. This event is also popularly known as ‘Sital Sasthi Yatra’. Folk music, fold dance and other such events form the chief attraction of this carnival.
  • On the occasion of this marriage ceremony, a large number of ‘Hijadas’ or ‘Eunuchs’ come to participate in the celebrations. This is so as Lord Shiva was also referred as ‘Ardhanarishwara’ (half woman half man).

Significance of Sital Sasthi:

As stated in the ‘Shiv Purana’ the day of Sital Sasthi commemorates the marriage of Shiva and Parvati, the divine couple and is celebrated since ancient times.

According to the legends, Parvati (an incarnation of Goddess Sati) performed rigorous ‘jap’ and ‘tap’ to get Lord Shiva as her husband.

On the day of ‘Jyestha Shukla Paksha Sasthi’ Shiva was pleased and satisfied with her austerity, and the divine marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati took place.

Lord Kartikeya was then born who later killed the demon named ‘Tarakasura’.

Sital Sasthi is also observed as ‘Monsoon Wedding’ of Lord Shiva and Parvati as it marks the beginning of the monsoon season.

The severe austerity of Lord Shiva is symbolic of the intense heat wave during the summer season.

People, especially farmers celebrate the beginning of monsoon with this divine wedding on Sital Sasthi.

Sital Sasthi

Sital Sasthi is observed to celebrate the marriage of Lord Siva and Goddess Parvati.

As per belief, the wedding took place in the Jyestha month, Shukla Paksha.

Sital Sasthi is celebrated like a carnival where artists and other individuals from different walks of life showcase their talent keeping the festival as the theme.

One of the most celebrated events in India is the Sambalpur carnival celebrated in the Sambalpur district, Odisha.

Not only do the devotees visit Sambalpur during the event but also tourists from around the world make this carnival grand.

SIGNIFICANCE

Sital Sasthi is celebrated to commemorate the marriage of Lord Siva and Goddess Parvati, as stated in the Siva Purana.

According to the story of their marriage, Parvati performed rigorous puja for Lord Siva.

Siva finally decided to marry Parvati on the eve of Jyestha Shukla Paksh Sasthi.

Sital Sasthi also marks the start of the monsoon season.

Farmers celebrate Sital Sasthi as it is the bringer of monsoons.

PUJA VIDHI

Sital Sasthi festival is celebrated over five days.

The first day is called “Patra Pendi” where the chosen family adopts Parvati.

Two days later, Goddess Parvati’s idol arrives at the adopted parents’ house.

As a part of the ritual, Lord Siva and Goddess Parvati are married in a grand procession with the devotees as a witness and the divine couple then go on a ‘Nagar Parikrama’.

This journey across the town is also known as “Sital Sasthi Yatra”.

Many eunuchs participate in the ceremony as Lord Siva is also known as ‘Ardhanarishwara’.

TITHI AND SUNRISE/SUNSET TIMINGS

Sital Sasthi: Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati’s divine marriage solemnised, ‘Jugal Darshan’ tonight

The divine marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, better known as Sital Sasthi festival, was solemnised in Sambalpur in the wee hours of Thursday. 

Hundreds of people from different parts of western Odisha and from neighbouring areas participated in the historic marriage which was observed with pomp and gaiety.

In the late hours of Wednesday night, processions of Lord Shiva’s entourage started from several Shiva temples in the town for the bride’s houses.

Decorated with gold and silver ornaments, Lord Shiva’s idols were seated in the lavishly decorated palanquins.

Then amidst sounds of traditional drums, folk dance and, of course, modern dance, the processions were taken out through the town before culminating at their respective bride’s residences.

At the brides’ residences, the brides’ parents and the invited guests welcomed Lord Shiva and took Him to the marriage altar.

Later, the divine marriage of Lord Shiva and Parvati was solemnised as per the tradition.

Today is the ‘Jugal Darshan’ of the newly married couple.

In fact, the homecoming of the couple is known as ‘Jugal Darshan’.

“The entire Sambalpur town is soaked in festive mood.

At different padas including Jhaduapada and Thakurpada, the festival is being observed peacefully.

We hope the festival will end without any law and order situation,” said Sambalpur district Collector Ananya Das.

Echoing the same, Sambalpur SP B Gangadhar said, “I extend my best wishes to all on this auspicious occasion of Sital Sasthi.

The festival is being observed peacefully.”

The main attraction of yesterday’s procession was ‘Aghori Dance’, which was presented by the artistes invited from other states.

The artistes in Lord Shiva’s get-up danced to the tunes of the traditional beats, charging up the festivity mood.

This apart, the processions taken out from different padas exhibited Odisha’s rich art and culture.

At the same time, the marriage of Lord Lingaraj was also solemnised in Bhubaneswar. After having been decorated with ornaments, the representative idol of Lord Lingraja was seated in a beautifully decorated palanquin and the procession marched towards Kedargouri temple.

There the Lord and the entourage members were welcomed.

Later, a ritual known as ‘Bata Barani’ was observed.

Then the marriage of the divine couple was held as per the tradition.

Sital Sasthi: Know More About The Divine Marriage Festival Of Shiva-Parvati

Sambalpur: The week-long divine festival of Sital Sasthi in Western Odisha to mark the divine marriage of Lord Shiva with his consort Goddess Parvati (an incarnation of Goddess Sati) commenced today.

It also marks the beginning of the monsoon season.

The intense heatwave prior to it symbolizes the severe austerity of Goddess Sati, and with the divine wedding, the farmers celebrate the beginning of the monsoon.

This festival has been celebrated since time immemorial.

According to legends, the demon Tarkasur had a boon that he would be killed by Lord Shiva’s son.

But Lord Shiva was busy in meditation on Kailash after the death of Sati.

So the devtas appealed Shakti to take the form of Parvati and marry Lord Shiva.

Parvati performed rigorous ‘jap’ and ‘tap’ (rigorous devotion and penance) to get Lord Shiva as her husband.

On the day of ‘Jyestha Shukla Paksha Sasthi’ Shiva was pleased and satisfied with her austerity, and the divine marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati took place.

Sital Sasthi was the marriage day.

Later Kartikaya was born who killed Tarakasur.

Facts About The Divine Marriage Celebrations

1. All the rituals are carried on as in any other marriage in the Hindu society. A couple is chosen to play the role of Goddess Parvati’s parents, and they perform every ritual of dutiful parents during a daughter’s wedding.

2. As Lord Shiva is known as ‘Swayam Bhu’, no one plays the role of his parents. (But, this role is also incorporated these days)

3. On the first day which is known as ‘Patra Pendi’, the chosen couple adopts Goddess Parvati and there is the engagement ceremony. The next day, there is ‘Deba Nimantran’ (an invitation to the various temples of the locality).

4. After two days, the idol of the Goddess arrives at the house of her adopted parents. From that house, the bride (idol of Goddess Parvati) is taken in a grand procession on the night of the marriage ceremony.

5. Similarly, Lord Shiva also arrives at the marriage venue escorted with Hindu gods and goddesses. The procession is graced by a large number of transgenders as Lord Shiva is also known as ‘Ardhanarishwara’ (half woman half man). The TGs from all over India congregate for this festival.

6. The marriage is conducted with all the rituals and customs, witnessed by thousands of spectators from the neighbouring places.

7. After the ceremonies, on the following evening, divine couple begin their journey of the town, referred as ‘Nagar Parikrama’. This event is also popularly known as ‘Sital Sasthi Yatra’. Folk music, fold dance and other such events on the streets form the chief attraction of this carnival.

8. During this 5-day-long celebration, streets buzz with activities, and the crowd enjoys the festivities devouring the roadside food.

Sital Sasthi 

Among Hindus, Sital Sasthi   is a sacred Vedic ritual observed mainly in Odisha.

The festival is a week-long celebration of Lord Shiva’s and Goddess Parvati’s wedding.

According to the Hindu calendar, Sital Sasthi is celebrated in the Shukla Paksha on the sixth day of Jyestha month.

According to the Gregorian calendar, Sital Sasthi is celebrated in May and June. During this week-long festival, people participate in large numbers, making it the most famous festival of Sambalpur Sital Sasthi  .

Devotees celebrate the festival because they think that Lord Shiva shows the scorching heat of summer, whereas Goddess Parvati represents the first rain. Hence, this holy and sacred wedding is conducted for a good monsoon.

People in Odisha celebrate the festival with joy and happiness. Pandit comes to perform Sital Sasthi with proper puja vidhi followed by Vedic mantras.

What is Sital Sasthi  ?

The Hindu festival of Sital Sasthi commemorates Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati’s glorious marriage.

It occurs on the ‘sasthi’ (6th day) of the ‘Shukla Paksha’ (the waxing phase of the moon) in the ‘Jyestha’ month of the traditional Hindu calendar.

This date corresponds to May and June in the Gregorian calendar.

Sital Sasthi is a one-of-a-kind celebration celebrated in carnival style.

Artists and people from all walks of life gather to join in the festivities, bringing forth the most beautiful and authentic hues of life.

Sital Sasthi is celebrated with enormous enthusiasm and joy throughout India, notably in the Sambalpur area of Orissa. The Sambalpur Carnival on Sital Sasthi is a prominent festival that attracts hundreds of tourists from around the world.

Significance of Sital Sasthi

As described in Shiv Purana, the day celebrating the wedding of Shiva and Parvati is called Sital Sasthi, when the divine couple tied the knot, and since ancient times, this has been celebrated.

According to our ancient scriptures, Goddess Parvati did rigorous Jap and Tap to achieve the Lord Shiva as her husband. On Jyestha shukla paksha sasthi, Shiva was impressed by the Goddess Parvati’s devotion and was satisfied with her austerity, then the love marriage took place. To kill the demon named ‘Tarakasura,’ Lord Kartikeya was born from the energy of Shiva and Parvati.

In  , people celebrate Sital Sasthi as the ‘Monsoon wedding’ of the divine couple Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, symbolizing the beginning of the monsoon season. Lord Shiva’s extreme severity is a sign of intense heat waves during the summer season.

Natives, especially farmers, observe the start of the monsoon through the divine marriage ceremony on Sital Sasthi.

Why did Sital Sasthi Perform?

When the preparation started for the Rath yatra in Puri on Akshay Tritiya, like a ritual begun on the same day in Sambalpur for the popular Sital sasthi yatra, where people celebrate the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

The festival started with the first ritual, ‘Thala Utha,’ performed in various temples. Thousands of people came and participated with full devotion to witness the ‘divine unity’ of the ‘Prakriti’ with ‘Purusha’.

The ritual Thala also represents the beginning of fundraising for the Sital Sasthi yatra. The devotees go door-to-door to collect the funds for the Yatra.

According to festival tradition, the temple priest plays the role of bride and senior member of the relevant pada.

After executing the puja, the priest drives around in their particular location with a Thal (tray) to get the funds for the marriage.

People, as per their devotion, donate to their capacity.

The ritual is called ‘Thalautha’.

This is obvious because the father of the bride remains busy for the whole month with wedding preparations, which are no way less than the wedding in the home of their son or daughter.

The source states that Loknath Baba of Jhaduapada, Balunkeshwar Baba of Nandapada, and Jageswar Baba of Mudipada initiated the Thala utha rituals today, following customs on the festival of Akshaya Tritiya and Krushak Divas.

Lakhs of people gathered during the Sital Sasthi   festival to see the divine couple and get a glimpse of the ritual.

Puja Vidhi of Sital Sasthi

Observation of Sital Sasthi spans five days.

On the first day of the festival, ‘Patra Pendi’ families select Parvati to adopt in Sambalpur.

After two days, Goddess Parvati’s idol comes to the adopted parents’ house.

Lord Shiva is ‘Swayambhu,’ and no one adopts him or plays his parent’s role.

Then, the grand parade takes the bride to the marriage ceremony during the night. Similarly, Lord Shiva, escorted by other Hindu deities and Goddesses, comes to the place of the wedding ceremony.

Lord Hanuman and Lord Narsimha lead the grand parade.

In this festival, like other Hindu marriages, people perform all the rituals.

People participating in marriage from the nearby villages, states, and beyond witness the rituals.

Another part of the ritual is where Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati tie the knot in a grand procession with the devotees as a witness and the divine couple proceed for ‘Nagar Parikrama’.

Performers catch the devotee’s attention by presenting folk music, dance, and other elements.

The villagers across the village refer to the journey as ‘Sital Sasthi’ yatra. Several castrates take part in the festival, like Lord Shiva, called ‘Ardhnarishwar.’

This is the other name of Lord Shiva.

Fasting Rules for Sital Sasthi

Some devotees do the Sitalsasthi ceremonies diligently.

During this period, we recommend that people stay at home, wake up early on a festival day, and bathe before or during sunrise.

They clean their home temples and present fresh flowers and other sacred objects to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Devotees perform special prayers and mantras with tremendous zeal for Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Many devotees also observe the sacred Sital Sasthi Vrat.

In certain sections of the state, the occasion is celebrated as a legitimate marriage.

Many believe that weddings herald a successful monsoon season because Lord Shiva represents summer and Parvati represents the first showers.

During Sitalsasthi, people celebrate lavishly, treating it like a festival.

Essential Things of Sital Sasthi

  • People celebrate the festival and think that Lord Shiva describes the scorching heat of summer while Goddess Parvati represents the first rain.
  • They celebrate this auspicious and holy wedding in good weather.
  • During Sital Sasthi, two families adopt Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and formalize their marriage through rituals.
  • Once the marriage is executed, a parade carries God and Goddess around the city.

Conclusion

People in Odisha celebrate Sital Sasthi, a week-long festival.

This commemorates the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and Goddess deity.

They conduct the festival on the sixth day of Jyeshtha shukla paksha.

However, the western Odisha city celebrates the marriage of the divine couple Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. People will celebrate the festival this year.

The preparations for festivals started a month ago.

As per the Thala utha ritual, people collect funds for the Sital Sasthi yatra, and the Deities move around the town in a parade.

Devotees celebrate the festival because they think Lord Shiva represents the scorching heat of summer, whereas Goddess Parvati represents the first rain. Hence, people perform the holy ritual for a good monsoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What is Sital Sasthi  ?

A.The Hindu festival of Sital Sasthi marks Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati’s glorious marriage. It occurs on the sasthi (6th day) of the ‘Shukla Paksha’ in the ‘Jyestha’ month of the traditional Hindu calendar.

Q.What is the date of Sital Sasthi  ?

A.The sacred occasion Sital Sasthi will be celebrated this year on June 11,  , i.e., Tuesday.

Q.How to perform the Sital Sasthi festival?

A.Among Hindus, Sital Sasthi   is a sacred Vedic ritual observed especially in Odisha. The festival is week-long and highlights the wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Q.What is the Thala Utha ritual?

A.When puja is completed, people drive around their particular location with a Thal (tray) to collect funds for the marriage. People, as per their devotion, donate to their capacity. Such a ritual is called ‘Thalautha’.

Q.Where is the festival Sital Sathi most celebrated?

A.Sital Sasthi is celebrated with enormous enthusiasm and joy throughout India, notably in the Sambalpur area of Orissa.

Sital Sasthi Festival

Sital Sasthi is a festival of Orissa that is commemorates the divine wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

The Sital Sasthi Yatra festival is celebrated annually at Sambalpur in Orissa.

The festival commemorates the divine wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Sambalpur in Orissa is a well known place associated with Shiva and Shaktiworship.

It is a five-day long festival hat commences with the ‘Patra pendi’ ritual.



Legend of Sital Sasth
i After the death of Goddess SatiLord Shiva went into practicing severe austerity as he was no longer interested in family life.

At this time a demon Tarakasura worshipped Lord Brahma and obtained the boon of being killed only by a son of Lord Shiva.

On obtaining the boon Tarakasura created destruction on earth, heaven and hell and even drove out the ‘devas’ from heaven.

The Devas in despair approached Lord Vishnu for help but they were told about the boon granted to Tarakasura.

He asked them to approach Mother Shakti for help.

Shakti agreed to take rebirth as Parvati and marry Shiva.

Pravati who was born as the daughter of Himalaya only had Shiva in her mind and wanted to marry him.

However Shiva denied to marry Parvati and went on continued with his intense austerities.

Even Devas tried several methods but could not convince him.

Finally, Parvati began intense meditation and Shiva had accepted her.

On Jyeshta Shukla Panchami, the divine couple got married and Kartikeyawas born who annihilated demon Tarakasura.

Rituals of Sital Sasthi
Sital Sasthi Yatra festival celebrates this divine wedding.

During the festival, a family in the region adorns the role of the father and mother of Parvati and offers her in marriage to Shiva.

On the first of the festival, Patra Pendi day, the family adopts Parvati as their daughter. Two days later the idol of Goddess Parvati is brought at the home of her adopted parents.

Later from her adopted home, the bride is taken in a grand procession for the marriage ceremony.

The auspicious marriage ceremony takes place during the night.

On the other hand Lord Shiva, the bridegroom, arrives for the marriage ceremony along with other gods and goddesses in Hindu pantheon.

The marriage procession is led by Lord Hanuman and Narasimha.

All the important marriage rituals of Orissa are observed for the divine wedding.

The following evening the divine couple undertakes a journey to the town known as Nagar Parikrama.

This journey is known as ‘Shital Sasthi Yatra.’

The festival is also termed as monsoon wedding of Shiva and Parvathi as the wedding is organised at the beginning of monsoon season.

The intense austerity performed by Shiva is symbolically represented as the intense heat during summer season.

Parvathi is the monsoon showers who calm Shiva.

Farmers thus celebrate the arrival of monsoon with this divine wedding.

Sital Shasthi is celebrated in a grand manner at the Puri Lokhnath Temple, Bhvaneshwar Lingaraj Temple and Sambalpur temple.

Thousands of devotees throng the temples to be a part of the event of Shiva Parvati marriage.

Sital Sasthi

Sital Sasthi, or Sitala Sasthi, is the marriage function of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati observed in Odisha. Sital Sasthi   

The festival begins on the Jyeshtha Shukla Panchami day

The most famous Sitala Sasthi Yatra (Sital Sasthi Yatra) is held at Sambalpur in Odisha.

Symbolically, Lord Shiva represents the scorching heat of the summer and Goddess Parvati the first

showers.

It is believed that lavish wedding is for a good monsoon.

The first day of the festival is known as Shiva Bibaha or Siba Bibaha.

Next is the famous Jatra or procession of the Gods.

In rural villages, the festival is held like a real marriage.

The arrival of Shiva for marriage and the procession of the two deities are a major event.

The annual Sital Sasthi Yatra festival held at Sambalpur in Odisha celebrates the divine wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Sambalpur in Odisha is a well known place associated with Shiva and Shakti worship.

The five-day long festival begins with the ‘Patra pendi’ ritual.

Lord Shiva after the death of Goddess Sati was practicing intense austerity and was no longer interested in family life.

Taking this as an opportunity, demon Tarakasura prayed to Lord Brahma and obtained the boon that he will only be killed by a son of Lord Shiva.

After obtaining the boon Tarakasura created havoc on earth, heaven and hell and he drove out the ‘devas’ from heaven.

Devas approached Vishnu but he told them about the boon and asked to approach Mother Shakti to find a way out. Shakti agreed to take rebirth as Parvati and marry Shiva.

But Shiva continued with his intense austerities.

Parvati who was born as the daughter of Himalaya only had Shiva in her mind and wanted to marry him.

But Shiva was not willing to take her as his wife.

Devas tried several methods but could not change the mind of Shiva.

Finally, Parvati started intense meditation and Shiva had to finally oblige.

(This intense fast undertaken by Parvati is annually observed as Hartalika Teej Vrat in North India and Swarna Gowri Vratam in South India by women to get good husbands.)

On Jyeshtha Shukla Panchami, the divine couple got married and Kartikeya was born who annihilated demon Tarakasura.

Sital Sasthi Yatra festival celebrates this divine wedding. During the festival, a family in the region adorns the role of the father and mother of Parvati and offers her in marriage to Shiva.

On Patra Pendi day, the first day of the festival, the family adopts Parvati as their daughter.

Two days later Goddess Parvati (idol from the temple) arrives at the home of her adopted parents.

 From her adopted home, the bride is taken in a grand procession for the marriage ceremony, which takes place during the night.

Similarly, Lord Shiva, the bridegroom, arrives for the marriage ceremony along with other gods and goddesses in Hindu pantheon.

Lord Hanuman and Narasimha lead the divine procession.

All the rituals that are part of normal marriage ceremony in Odisha are followed for the divine wedding.

Next evening the divine couple undertakes a journey to the town known as Nagar Parikrama and this journey is known as ‘Sital Sasthi Yatra.’

Another feature of the festival is the arrival of large number of Eunuchs or Hijras for the wedding.

They claim that they are her to celebrate the wedding of Shiva who is ardhanarishwara – half man half woman.

The festival is also referred as monsoon wedding of Shiva and Parvathi as the wedding takes place at the beginning of monsoon season.

The intense austerity performed by Shiva is symbolically represented as the intense heat during summer season.

Parvathi is the monsoon showers which calm Shiva.

Farmers thus celebrate the arrival of monsoon with this divine wedding.

Sital Sasthi ends as divine couple returns to temples

The annual festival of ‘Sital Sasthi’ came to an end with lord Shiva and Maa Parvati coming to their respective temples of the town after a mammoth procession where thousands of artistes from all over the country took part.

The 46 degree temperature and scorching heat did not deter the devotees to participate in the holy congregation.

The entire town wore a colourful look from Saturday midnight till evening of Sunday with dance, music, and other cultural events.

“Darshan of the Deva Dampati is most auspicious one.

Those who take a glance of the divine couple get salvation,” said priest Mahendra Pujari.

The homecoming festival of lord Mahadev with Maa Parvati after the marriage is last but the most important event of Sital Sasthi where thousands of people throng the town from different parts of the State every year.

Instead of just a procession, it is rather a cultural carnival with participation of artists from different States.

May it be Bihu of Assam or Sanchar of Sambalpur, the attraction is as lively as ever.

“Even if we see these performances every year, they cast a spell on us,” said Mahabir Mishra, a young visitor.

Jageswar Baba of Modipara,

lord Bambarada Balunkeswar of Nandapara,

Sri lokanath Baba of Jharuapara,

Sri Somanath Baba of Balibandha,

Sri Sitaleswara of Badabazar,

Sri Gupteswar of Thakurpara,

Sri Gudeswar of Durgapali,

Sri Pahadeswar of Budharaja,

Sri Omkareswar of Sakhipara,

Sri Rameswar of Danibandha and all others returned to their respective temples on Sunday evening after a tiresome journey of almost 18 hours on the road.

Interestingly, many social issues also were exhibited during the procession this time like demand for IIM at Sambalpur.

So also the replicas of lord Jagannath’s, Devi Subhadra’s and Sri Balabhadra’s Darus were added attractions of the procession.

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