Raja Parba Odisha Festival

The first day is known as Pahili Raja, the second as Mithuna Sankranti, and the third as Bhu daaha or Basi Raja.
Sheena

Updated: Jun 16, 2021 12:12:42 pm

16 June 2021 Current Affairs:On the occasion of Raja Parba, the Prime Minister greeted the people of Odisha.

About Raja Parba: 
♦ Raja Parba is an Odisha festival.
♦ The second day marks the start of the solar month of "Mithuna," which heralds the arrival of rains.
♦ The festival takes place in mid-June.
♦ The first day is known as Pahili Raja, the second as Mithuna Sankranti, and the third as Bhu daaha or Basi Raja.
♦ It is believed that the mother Goddess Earth, or Lord Vishnu's divine wife, menstruates during the first three days. 
♦ Vasumati snana is the fourth and final day (bathing of Mother Earth). Women venerate a stone that represents Mother Earth. They bathe her in turmeric paste, shower her with flowers, and smear her with Sindoor.
♦ The term Raja is derived from Rajaswala (meaning a menstruating woman), and during the mediaeval period, the festival became more popular as an agricultural holiday commemorating the worship of Bhudevi, Lord Jagannath's wife.
♦ Women are given a break from housework and time to play indoor games for the first three days. Girls wear traditional sarees and apply alatha to their feet. On Earth, everyone refrains from walking barefoot.
♦ During the Parba, Odia people refrain from doing any construction or tilling that requires the earth to be dug. And by refraining from such activities, they pay homage to Mother Earth, who requires a break from routine work.
 
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