Happy Odia New Year

Maha Bishubha sankranty is also known as mesha sankranty, The summer season also commences from this period. In 2011, the date of Maha Vishuba Sankranti is April 14. In Hindu Panchang followed in United States and Europe, Oriya New Year date is marked on April 14
. People visit various temples and offer prayers and special pujas. Maha Vishuba Sankranti also marks the end of temple festivals in some regions of Orissa. In the fag end of this article I am posting the vdo of how this festival is being observed by Odia people .It is being observed in a traditional way and it is being linked to ancient traditions and customs .

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According to Hindu astronomy, the sun is directly over the equator on two particular days called Mesha Samkranti and Tula Samkranti. On these days, the day and night are of equal duration. It is during the day of Maha Visubha Sankranti that the sun comes in the northern direction of the equator, towards India. Hence in India, this day is considered as the beginning of the solar year. This day of 14th April is celebrated with lots of festivities and religious rituals. Mahabishuba Sankranti, is celebrated as the Oriya New Year . This calendar starts with the day when rays of then Sun being to straighten towards the Northern hemisphere and more precisely towards India. According to Hindu astronomy, the sun is directly over the equator on two particular days called Mesha Samkranti and Tula Samkranti. On these days, the day and night are of equal duration. It is during the day of Maha Visubha Sankranti that the sun comes in the northern direction of the equator, towards India. Hence in India, this day is considered as the beginning of the solar year. This special day is celebrated with lots of festivities and religious rituals.

On this day, religious people offer delicious “Pana” – (a sweet drink made of different types of fruits, water, milk, bela, curd and sugar or jaggery) is offered to the Tulsi Plant, Lord Shiva and their deities in various Temples of the state. People also drink this “Pana” with great enjoyment and fervor. During the festival you will find water pots placed on the roadsides to help the thirsty souls. Water is as also offered to animals and birds with equal enthusiasm. This Sankraniti is also known as Pana Sankranit to Jala Sankranti.


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Happy Odia New year to all ours readers and sponsores and please look at this vdo of celebrations of odia new year. May lord Jagannath enrich the world with lots of peace and brotherhood and make this universe a peace loving field so that everyonce can leave here peacefully.

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