Samba Dashami celebrations in Odisha today, know about its significance

Samba Dashami is a celebration that is unique to the state of Odisha it falls on the 10th day of the Sukla Paksha of Pausha Masa.

Bhubaneswar: Samba Dashami is a celebration that is unique to the state of Odisha it falls on the 10th day of the Sukla Paksha of Pausha Masa. Let us know what all is involved in the celebration of this day.

It is believed that on this day, women in Odisha pray to the Sun God (Surya) for the well-being of their child or children. According to the religious scriptures, Shamba was the son of Lord Krishna and was suffering from leprosy. To get rid of this disease, he did penance of Lord Surya Dev for 12 years near Konark temple in Odisha. Pleased with the penance of Shamba, the Sun God cured his disease as a blessing.

On this day, mothers perform Surya Puja (that is they worship the sun God) to please Lord Surya and to keep their children healthy and away from all difficulties. The female head of the family sees the Sun God through a bowl of turmeric water and offers various  different kinds of food items to appease the God. Generally a particular type of food item is dedicated to a particular child in the family. Cakes (Pithas) such as Manda Pitha, Kakara Pitha, Arisha Pitha are a must.

They then read the legend of ‘Samba Dasami Brata Katha’ and pray for the well-being of all family members, especially the children of the household. Scientifically, the sun is the source of energy and to honour the sun, this festival is widely celebrated in different parts of Odisha.

It is worth mentioning here that a huge number of devotees visit the Konark Temple to pay their Obeisance to the Sun God. They flock to take a dip in the holy waters of Chandrbhaga and offer prayers to the Sun God.

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