Panchuka begins, throng Puri shrimandir to devotees

Puri: Scores of devotees from across the state flock to Puri Srimandir to visit the Holy Trimurti on the occasion of Panchkuiya (the last five days of the holy month of Kartika).
Detailed arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of the rituals by the Puri Police and the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).
Panchuka Purnima is a sacred festival in the state of Odisha and is celebrated in the month of Kartik. Widows from across the state gather to perform rituals for their salvation and for the souls of their departed husbands during this festival.
As per popular practice, the last five days of Kartika month is when people who could not follow the rites for an entire month, fulfill the customs of strict austerity in these five days. The end of ‘Panchuka’ marks Kartika Purnima that celebrates Odisha’s maritime glory and trade relations with foreign countries in the ‘Boita bandana’ ritual. Habisyalis (widows) break their fast on that day after having observed complete austerity to receive ultimate salvation.

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