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Yesterday, Nuakhai was celebrated with gaiety and religious fervour and today the day after the Nuakhai is the BASI of Nuakhai.
The Navanna (newly harvested rice) was offered to Goddess Samaleswari, the presiding deity of Sambalpur, at the stipulated lagna (auspicious moment) between 10.18 am and 10.32 am. During this period, families also offered the Navanna to their respective Istadevata (presiding deity) and Goddess Laxmi (Goddess of Wealth) as a mark of gratitude for a bumper harvest, good rain and a favourable weather.
While it was Goddess Samaleswari in Sambalpur, it was Patneswari in Balangir, Sureshwari in Sonepur, Sekharbasini in Sundargarh and Manikeswari in Kalahandi who were worshipped.
Being an agrarian festival, the eldest in each household in rural pockets worshipped their paddy fields and cattle.
Womenfolk woke up early in the morning to perform Nuakhai rituals that began with decorating the house with jhoti. The later half of the day was spent in the kitchen preparing special delicacies. During the festival, various traditional dishes and pancakes are prepared, including Mug Bara, Ras Bara, Mug Manda, Suji Manda, Chaul Manda, Kakra Pitha, Kheeri besides preparations from Saru Patra (leaves of taro plant), Makhan Sag (leaves of pumpkin creeper) and Kardi (bamboo shoots).
While children in colourful attire enjoyed their holiday to the fullest, devotees across the region thronged Samaleswari temple. Later in the evening, ‘Nuakhia Bhetghat’ were organised by different socio-cultural organisations and greetings were exchanged among the denizens.
The lawyers’ strike has put a big question mark on the state government employees getting salary before Nuakhai that will be celebrated on September 10. All government offices in Sambalpur, including that of the RDC and district collector, municipality and other revenue offices and courts are shut since August 20.
“We understand the plight of government employees. But we are left with no option as our agitation has now become a people’s movement. So we appeal to them to cooperate us by extending their whole-hearted support,” said secretary of Sambalpur Bar Association Siddharth Sahu.
He said though the Central Action Committee (CAC) of Western Odisha bar associations decided at its Jharsuguda meeting on Thursday to relax the agitation from September 1 to September 15 in view of Ganesh Puja and Nuakhai, the Sambalpur bar has decided to intensify its agitation by closing down the offices without any break. “Banks and central government offices will be allowed to operate,” Sahu said.
On Saturday, lawyers staged a road blockade from 9 am to 1 pm at Ainthapali on NH 6, Bhalupali on Jharsuguda express highway and Sindurpank chowk on NH 54. “It passed off peacefully,” said SDPO (Sambalpur) P K Mohapatra.
The Central Action Committee (CAC) of All Western Odisha Bar Association (AWOBA) at a meeting on Thursday issued a fresh ultimatum to the State Government and resolved to continue the agitation demanding setting up of a High Court bench in the region.
In view of Nuakhai, the agrarian festival of Western Odisha, on September 10 and Ganesh Puja on September 9, the CAC has decided that Government offices including that of Revenue Divisional Commissioner (North) and Collectors besides courts will not be affected by their agitation for 15 days beginning from September.
However, the ongoing relay hunger strike in front of the office of the RDC and similar demonstrations in front of the Collectorates in district headquarters of the region will continue.
Convener of CAC Ashok Das said the AWOBA has issued a fresh ultimatum to the State Government till September 15 for disbanding the CR Pal Commission and recommending to the Union Government for setting up a bench in the region.
He added that if the State Government does not pay heed to their demands, AWOBA would intensify the agitation after September 15. “We will also continue to boycott the Urban Local Body (ULB) polls till the Government takes a decision on our demand,” he added.
Though the Chief Minister had invited CAC members to discuss the issue on August 24, the meeting failed to yield any result and the lawyers continued their agitation.
The nationwide bandh against diesel price hike and FDI in retail failed to dampen the festive cheer in Sambalpur on the occasion of Nuakhai on Thursday.
Hundreds of devotees thronged to the Maa Samaleswari shrine here for the ritualistic offering of rice to the presiding deity. “The ceremony of offering rice to Maa Samaleswari commenced in the morning as per the time fixed by the pundits. All rituals were carried out as per the prevailing custom and tradition,” said Ambika Ray, a priest at the shrine. The temple trust also had made elaborate arrangements for the convenience of the large number of devotees, sources said.
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