ONI Bureau: People of Western Odisha, undivided Koraput district and some other parts of the state are celebrating Nuakhai with great religious fervor and gaiety today. As per the ‘Lagna’, the season’s first crop ‘Nabanna’ was offered to Goddess Samaleswari between 8:10 AM & 8:40 AM.
Nuakhai generally falls during the months of August and September, where it is celebrated just a day after Ganesh Chaturthi. Maa Samaleswari in Sambalpur, Pataneswari in Bolangir, Manikeswari in Kalahandi and in other places the presiding deities are offered the ‘Nabanna’. People greet each other with ‘Nuakhai Juhar’.
‘Navanna’ the first paddy of the khariff season is offered to the Mother Goddess to seek her blessings for a bumper crop in the next harvest season.
On the occasion of Nuakhai festival, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, PCC President Niranjan Patnaik and former MP Baijayant Panda greeted the people.
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) September 14, 2018
ଗଣପର୍ବ ନୂଆଁଖାଇ ରେ ହାର୍ଦ୍ଦିକ ଶୁଭକାମନା । pic.twitter.com/ZL8ilOAX31
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) September 14, 2018
ସଭିଙ୍କୁ ନୂଆଁଖାଇ ଜୁହାର
ନୁଆଁଖାଇରେ ଆସନ୍ତୁ କରିବା ଏକ ନୂଆ ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ପରିକଳ୍ପନା pic.twitter.com/MG2200jM1z
— Niranjan Patnaik (@NPatnaikOdisha) September 14, 2018
— Baijayant Panda Odia (@Panda_Odia) September 14, 2018
It’s a festival of new cultivation, new hopes & aspirations of the people in #Odisha. Farmers offer the first produce from their lands to goddess Samaleswari, to whom the festival is dedicated. May her blessings be with all.#NuakhaiJuhar 🙏 pic.twitter.com/WZiA8z73RV
— Office of Jay Panda (@mp_office) September 14, 2018