Western Odisha’s major festival Nuakhai will be celebrated on August 23. This was announced after the Brahmapura temple pandit mandali finalised the lagna (date) for the Nuakhai festival.
As per the schedule, the Nabanna (new rice) will be offered to goddess Samaleswari, the presiding deity of Sambalpur, between 9.35 am and 9.50 am on August 23, a day after Ganesh Chaturthi.
Later, people will celebrate the festival with family members, relatives and friends with offering delicious dishes and food items.
Worth mentioning, the lagna for Nuakhai is decided on next day of Janmashtami by the Brahmamandap Pandit Mahasabha in Sambalpur every year.
Nuakhai has been celebrated for ages with great fervor in western Odisha districts of Sambalpur, Sambalpur, Sundergarh, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Bargarh, Subarnapur, Deogarh, Jharsuguda and Boudh to welcome the new paddy crop.
Even as coronavirus positive cases continue to rise in Sambalpur, the administration has withdrawn the weekend shutdown on August 22 and 23 in the district to enable people to celebrate Nuakhai, the major agrarian festival of western Odisha.
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