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Uda Parab

Uda Parab is an important festival of Orissa. The literal meaning of ‘uda’ is ‘flying’ and ‘parab’ means ‘festival’. As the name suggests this is a festival of flying. The celebrations are more predominant in the rural areas of Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts.

On the day of Uda Parab a staff is fixed horizontally on a pole. Some devotees, termed as Bhoktas, are tied on this staff and rotated around. These devotees have to initially go through a ceremonial bath and numerous rituals before tying themselves to the staff. The Bhoktas adorns themselves with garlands and ankle-bells. While rotating around the staff, the Bhoktas throw around green mangoes and flowers from their garlands towards the assembled crowd. This act of flying around is followed by a worship ceremony in the nearby temple. Lord Shiva along with local deities such as Hingula and Mangala are worshipped with full fervor.

Updated on 28th February, 2015


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