Samba Dashami: Wellbeing festival

Samba Dashami: Wellbeing festival

Samba Dashami: Wellbeing festival

Odisha is one of the religious states in all over India where people observed thirteen festivals in twelve months and each festival has their own significance. Festivals are observed not for the satisfaction of all the material comforts but for the sake of the unification and feeling of oneness. It is impossible to celebrate any of it without a mother who is the unique` creation of God on earth. It is because God cannot be present in everywhere to take care of their children so he made mother to provide them a healthy and happy life. Samba Dashami is a festival of wellness which is observed on the 10th day of the Sukla Paksha of Pausha Masa. There is an epic story behind this, during the Dvapara age legend Samba, son of Lord Krishan got affected by leoprsy which is considered as a cursed diseased at that time. In order to get rid of this he worshipped Lord Surya (Sun God) at Konark and after 12 years of rigorous penance Surya Devata blessed him a healthy life. From that day onwards every mother prays to lord surya for their children welling and offered one specific food on the name of each member. During this day many delicious foods are prepared such as Pithas ( Kakara, Arisha pitha), rasagolla, khiri, chenagja, chenajhi etc. All the prepared food along with a bowl filled with turmeric water and betel leaf is taken to Chaunra mula (Tulsi plant situated at the right hand side of every house). Women view the sun through this bowl and offered the food to the deity with a hope to obtain long live for their family members.

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