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Garbhana Sankranti – Tula Sankranti – The Unique Odia Festival – odisha

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17th of October is widely celebrated across Odisha / Orissa as “Garbhana Sankranti or Tula Sankranti”. Tula Sankranti also known as Garbhana Sankranti is an important festival of Odisha , and is celebrated on the first day of the solar month of Kartika, on the same day as Mahashtami.

Garbhana Sankranti is like a day of milestone achievement for farmers around. Rice plants are now with ears of corn in their womb. They represent the goddess of Wealth and are worshiped. Rice and pulses are measured with the hope that a huge quantity of corn will thus be measured through out the year. All the members of the family take meals to their heart’s context believing that they will thus always be supplied with dainty dishes. the Garbhana-Sankranti and Kumarotsava, which is also called the ‘festival of youth’.
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Reason for celebration and the Pooja process of Tula Sankranti:
This day is like a day of milestone achievement for farmers. Rice plants are now with ears of corn in their womb. This is compared to pregnancy of a woman and hence the name ‘Garbhana’ (meaning pregnant). These pregnant rice plants represent Lakshmi the Goddess of Wealth and fertility and are worshipped with offerings in the paddy fields. It is believed that a huge quantity of corn would be harvested as a result of this display of respect to the paddy crops.
The practice relies on the believe that this would lessen the effect of famine or flood on the agricultural field and the crops are protected from pests and insects. The puja is done with different kind of dishes to satisfy Goddess Laxmi to bestow them with good crop and ultimate money.

The practice is also believed to lessen the effect of famine or flood on the agricultural field and the crops are protected from pests and insects. Dhana (Wheat grains) and Kara Branches (a medicinal plant with anti insecticidal properties) are offered in worship and taken to the agricultural field for plantation. Different kind of dishes are prepared to satisfy the Goddess Laxmi. All the members of the family take meals to their heart’s content believing that they will thus always be supplied with dainty dishes. Also known as Tula Sankranti,this is an important festival of Odisha / orissa.

Day Calculation of Tula Sankranti:

  • It is celebrated on the first day of the solar month of Kartika, on the same day as Mahashtami.

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