Bhubaneswar: People across the state celebrated Samba Dashami today with religious fervour.
Thousands of devotees gathered at Chandrabhaga beach to take a holy dip and people in large number thronged the Sun temple in Konark to offer special prayers.
Samba Dashami is celebrated on 10th day of the Sukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Paush month (December – January) as per traditional Odia calendar.
Legends say Samba, the son of Lord Krishna, was afflicted by leprosy and he was cured by Surya, the Sun God, after 12 years of penance near Konark in Odisha. So on this day, mothers offer special Puja and observe different rituals dedicated to Lord Surya for the good health and long life of their children.
Special dishes are prepared on the day and are first offered to Lord Surya and then is shared among the children.