Sunday, May 19, 2024

Odia New Year: Know the significance of Pana Sankranti – N.F Times

Bhubaneswar: ‘Pana Sankranti’ or ‘Maha Bishuba Sankranti’ marks the Odia New Year with the introduction of new Panjika, which is an almanac of Hindu religious festivals, timings and predictions for the year.

The Panjika is prepared as per solar calendar and incorporates the auspicious dates, times, sunrise and sunset time, stars and their movements etc. from Mesha Sankranti till Mina Sankranti.

People mark the advent of the New Year by drinking pana, a sweet-sour drink made with bael (wood apple), fruits and sugar.

Devotees also perform special puja on the occasion, which is also celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Hanuman.

In Puri, traditional wrestlers come out of the Jaga Ghara, Akhadas (training homes) and gymnasiums to showcase their wrestling skills after worship of Lord Hanuman.

Devotees throng temples across the state on the occasion and take baths in rivers or major pilgrimage centers.

During Pana Sankranti, a significant ritual known as Basundhara Theki is observed. This ritual involves placing a water-filled earthen pot with a small hole at the bottom on top of a holy Tulsi plant. As water drips from the pot onto the plant, it symbolizes an auspicious act during this festival.

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