Daily Archives: September 21, 2012

Conch-shaped Ganesh big hit in Sambalpur

A gigantic Ganesh idol made of 2.5 lakh sea shells is the cynosure of all eyes in the week-long puja in Sambalpur, which began here on Wednesday. In a month-long effort, members of Natraj Club of Sambalpur’s Khetrajpur fashioned the unique idol out of sea shells procured from Puri and Rameswaram. “It was not easy

Sambalpur cocks a snook at bandh

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

Tribals keep date with Nuakhai tradition

The Paharia tribals living in remote villages of Nuapada district have a unique way of celebrating Nuakhai. They offer liquor and meat to their presiding deity before having the new crop. The eldest member of a Paharia family worships the deity called the Duma and makes the offering. “It has been our tradition to offer