Bhubaneswar: Young girls fasted for the day on the occasion of Kumar Purnima, celebrated across the State today.
Kumar Purnima is celebrated by young girls, wishing for a handsome husband. They start the puja early in the morning by offering prayer to the sun and in the evening to the moon. They spend the whole day enjoying amid friends and merry-making. They also play a number of traditional games like Puchi.
In the evening all these girls take bath again, wear new dress and perfors puja infront of Tulsi plant with Khai (Fried rice) in hand and offer Anjuli (folded hands) seven times, seeing the full moon. After the puja is finished the girls break their fast and have food.
With the passage of time, the tradition has lost some of its charm as city girls do not find enough time to indulge in the elaborate rituals. However, in a bid to keep the tradition alive, a number of cultural programmes were organised on Sunday by various socio-cultural organizations.
Kumari marriage was organised at Shyampur at the outskirts of Bhubaneswar by Sampur Balika Sangha on Sunday. A large number of locals were the part of the Barajatri, the procession escorting the groom to the marriage venue.
As a part of this marriage, the barajatri were welcomed with flowers on their reaching at the marriage venue.
Marriage was conducted as per Hindu rituals by chanting mantras. After the wedding the couple (both girls) and their friends took part in a lavish feast.
Kumar Purnima also marks the starting of Gaja Lakshmi Puja. The capital city Bhubaneswar is all set to celebrate Laxmi Puja with pomp and gaiety. A large number of devotees are expected to throng to various puja pandals this year to pay obeisance to the goddess of wealth.
This year, the capital city boasts of nearly 40 puja mandaps with innovative and ornate pandals and equally beautiful idols to adorn them.
One can see significant puja pandals at Bapuji Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Nayapalli, Old Town, Unit-III, Unit-IX, Sahid Nagar, Laxmi Sagar, Rasulgarh and Barmunda areas.
Source: 360 NS