Western Odisha’s major festival Nuakhai will be celebrated on 1st September 2022 (Thursday). 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 10.56 and 11.10 am on September 1, a day after Ganesh Chaturthi.
Later, people will celebrate the festival with family members, relatives, and friends by offering delicious dishes and food items. Each and every member of the family wear a new dress and they exchange respect and affection between them. This ritual is popularly known as “Nuakhai Juhar”.
Worth mentioning, that the lagna for Nuakhai is decided on the 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.
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