Bhubaneswar: Raksha bandhan was celebrated with much fervour across the state today. The festival celebrates the bond of love between brothers and sisters.
Dressed in their best outfit, young girls tied colourful rakhis on their brothers’ wrists, put tilak on their foreheads and performed aarti. The older folk also wished their brothers well and tied sacred threads of myriad colours on their wrists.
Many school girls visited the residences of governor Dr. S. C Jamir and chief minister Naveen Patnaik and to tie the sacred threads of friendship on their wrists.
The festival, also known as Gamha Purnima, has a special significance in the state as on this day, Goddess Subhadra ties the thread of love and trust on her two brothers – Lord Balabhadra and Lord Jagannath – at Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri.