November, 2016. During the month I spent in India, I stopped in a small town called Pushkar for a few days. I arrived during the confluence of 2 major annual events; the Pushkar Camel Fair and the Hindu Holy day of Kartika Purnima. This small town received an influx of nearly 1/2 a million people during that time. Captured in this image are a few Hindu pilgrims waiting to enter the most prominent Brahma temple in the world. .
A thermocole made boat with dummy models of Sadhabas(ancient odia mariners) floats inside Bindusagar near Lingarj Temple in Bhubaneswar, India.
ଆକା ମା ବୋଇ, ପାନ ଗୁଆ ଥୋଇ,
ବରସକ ଧରମ ତୋର, ଦିନକ ଧରମ ମୋର ।
Kartik Purnima which recalls traditional memories when ancient Sadhabas(Oriya mariners) would set sail to distant lands of Bali, as well as Java, Sumatra, Borneo (all in Indonesia), and Sri Lanka for trade and cultural expansion. They sailed in large vessels called Boitas. The voyage is begun on Kartika Purnima to take advantage of the favorable wind blowing during this time. This is the specific time that was considered auspicious by the Sadhabas to begin their voyage in vessels called Boitas. To commemorate this, people floats miniature boats in pond, canal and rivers ever since.
Celebrating #kartikapurnima and #Balijatra ⛵⛵ Today is the day to remember rich cultural past of my state #Odisha as a maritime power..The Odia Sadhabas(trading communities) during ancient times used to start their voyages to Java, Bali, Sumatra and other SE Asean countries and Karttika was their tutelary God whom they used to worship before they start sailing, with the wish of bringing back home, prosperity...the cultural links of Odisha with those countries were so strong that, it's still visible in every aspect of their life n society till date..and in remembrance of those past days, we Odias celebrate #DangaBhasa (sailing of replica boats)on karttika purnima... Again Karttika is the 7th month in the hindu calender which is believed to be the most auspicious one among others, as it is called Dharma Masa, people usually don't take non-veg food during this month. The last 5days of this month called as #Panchuka (पन्चुक) are d most auspicious days of d month and people even don't take onion n garlic with food during these five days..In the temple of Lord Jagannath the idols give appearance in Golden attires and in every Odia Household the female members used to put the #Muruja (Rangoli) before the Brundabati since early morning, during the panchuka, which culminates on Karttika Purnima.. Again this Karttika Purnima is also called #RasaPurnima , that auspicious day on which Srikrishna has performed the #MahaRaas with Radha n all the devoted Gopis..a significant event, which is also celebrated in d Jagannath Temple with much vigour..!! So it's really amazing to see n believe that how significant this single day is and how it plays it's part towards making a community so culturally rich and vibrant...😃😃 Sorry couldn't refrain myself frm writing such a long post..actually it deserves mentioning..😊😊though couldn't go for Danga bhasa..but put this rangoli before d tulsi plant today morning..😊😊
ଆ କା ମା ବୈ /Aa Ka Ma Bai
The day of Kartttika Purnima is widely celebrated as *Boita Bandana*/ Danga Bhasa in Odisha. The people of Odisha commemorate the rich maririme history of Odisha, through floating the small boats in rivers. The sailors known as Sadhabas used to trade with the countries like Bali, Sumatra, Java, Singhala and you can find many cultural similarities between Odisha or Kalingan culture with these countries.
May the lost glory of Kalinga be revived.
#kartikpurnima#Balijatra#Odisha#Cuttack#Bhubaneswar#bhubaneswarbuzz pic courtesy @lostrecipesofodisha
ପବିତ୍ର କାର୍ତ୍ତିକ ପୂର୍ଣ୍ନିମା ଅବସରରେ ଆପଣଙ୍କୁ ହାର୍ଦ୍ଧିକ ଶୁଭେଚ୍ଛା ଓ ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ ll
Kartika Purnima also known as Boita Bandana and people across Odisha head for the nearest water body to set afloat toy boats with lamps.