Bhubaneswar: Pahili Raja is being celebrated across Odisha today, with pomp and grandeur. The folk song – Barasaku thare asichhi Raja – is echoing at various places marking the festival dedicated to womanhood. Young girls and women wearing new attires are seen playing on the swings in different places on this festive occasion.

Raja, the most important festival of Odisha, is celebrated for three days. Pahili Raja, Raja Sankranti and Bhuindahana. It is associated with farmers and is celebrated during the onset of monsoon. No agricultural activities are carried out on these three days.

It is also believed that prithvi or the earth gets her menstrual cycle during this three days once in a year and the women celebrates it with special Raja. During this three days, women are not supposed to cook or cut any kind of vegetable rather they engage themselves with playing different games like cards, ludo, etc.

On the festive occasion, the Odisha Tourism Development Corporation has made a special arrangement at Bhubaneswar Panthanivas to celebrate this festival in a traditional way with beautiful swings, paans and different kinds of traditional Odia pithas.

Similarly, the cine buffs are also enjoying a visual treat with Tarang Cine Productions’ two new Odia movies – ‘Golmaal Love’ featuring chocolate boy Babushan and Tamanna, late comedian-actor Salil Mitra, veteran actor, Bijay Mohanty, Sritam and Jiban Panda and ‘Tu Mo Love Story- 2’ featuring Sidhant Mohapatra and Anu Choudhary in the lead roles. The movie also feature the hit pair of Swaraj and Bhumika.

A number of cultural activities have also been organised across the state on the occasion of Raja.

Survibration, a cultural organisation founded by singer Dr. Jayashree Dhal organised a programme ‘Sajare Sajare Raja’ at Rabindra Mandap here. Various cultural programmes like folk dance and music were organised that enthralled the young and the old alike.