Nuakhai in Kalahandi Gadajata today; Nabanna offered to Manikeswari

by kalahandi info

Bhubaneswar: The Gadajata area covering Bhawanipatna, Lanjigarh, M Rampur, Thuamul Rampur and Jayapatana in Kalahandi district is celebrating Nuakhai festival today with Nabanna, rice prasad prepared from newly harvested paddy, already offered to Maa Manikeswari this morning.

Thousands of devotees lined up at the Maa Manikeswari Temple at Bhawanipatna to witness the Nabanna offering ritual and take the prasad home.

According to information, the Nabanna was offered to the presiding deity at 8.45 am, and devotees would be distributed prasad between 11.44 am and 12.56 pm to share the same among their respective family members.

Nuakhai, a famous festival of western Odisha, is celebrated by offering Nabanna to the presiding deities to seek blessings for a bumper harvest and for development of the locals.

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