On this auspicious day of Kartika Purnima, Thousands of People across Odisha are taking bath and also floating Diyas, Boats since early morning at various ponds, rivers, pilgrimage places and also visiting temples.
Known as the Boita Bandana (boat festival), this is supposed to be a mass commemoration of the maritime glory of the people of Odisha, which was known as Kalinga in ancient times. It reminds the glory of the state. In olden days the Sadhbas (sea traders) used to go distant islands like Java, Sumatra etc. for their trade. The women were giving them a hearty send-off on this day. Some believe the tradition is meant to offer prayers to the ancestors and seek their blessings.
The Kartika Purnima also marks the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji, the founder of Sikhism.
During this month all the pious Hindus refrain themselves from eating non-vegetarian food. The last five days are considered more sacred, in which there is a wide participation of devotees. Taken together the days are called ‘Panchuka’ and the last day being the “Kartika Purnima”.
Early in the morning after bath women and girls draw beautiful designs around Choura in Muruja.
Bali Yatra (10-day fair) is the most famous festival and starts on Kartika Purnima. This is the festival continues for a week. The silver city Cuttack Bali Yatra field located on the banks of Mahanadi river is the home of this festival.
More than 1,300 stalls including 350 kiosks selling a wide range of ethnic handlooms, food, gifts, and other products groups have been set up at the 44-acre of land.
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