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Bhubaneswar: Religious fervour gripped the state and denizens were seen sharing ‘pana’, a traditional cooldrink prepared with fruit contents, mainly wood apple and sugar among them as they celebrated the beginning of Odia New Year today.
Devotees in large numbers thronged the temples across the state starting from the morning and offered prayers. Long queues of people were seen before Lord Hanuman temples as the day also happens to be the birthday of the deity.
Prime Minster Narendra Modi took to the twitter and wished Odias from all corners of the world on this auspicious day.
ବିଶ୍ଵର କୋଣ ଅନୁକୋଣରେ ରହୁଥିବା ମୋର ସମସ୍ତ ଓଡିଆ ବନ୍ଧୁ, ଭାଇ, ଭଉଣୀମାନଙ୍କୁ ମହାବିଷୁବ ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତିର ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ ! ନୂତନବର୍ଷ ଭଲ ଓ ସୁଖରେ କଟୁ । ସମୃଦ୍ଧ ଓଡିଆ ସଂସ୍କୃତିକୁ ନେଇ ଆମେ ବିଶେଷଭାବେ ଗୌରବାନ୍ଵିତ ।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 14, 2018
Similarly, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also wished the people of the state on this occasion and prayed near Lord Jagannath for a year of prosperity for them ahead.
ପବିତ୍ର ବିଷୁବ ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତି ତଥା ଓଡ଼ିଆ ନବ ବର୍ଷରେ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ହାର୍ଦ୍ଦିକ ଶୁଭେଚ୍ଛା ଓ ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ। ମହାପ୍ରଭୁ ଜଗନ୍ନାଥଙ୍କ ଆଶୀର୍ବାଦରୁ ନବ ବର୍ଷଟି ଆମ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ସୁଖ ଓ ସମୃଦ୍ଧିର ବର୍ଷ ହେଉ। pic.twitter.com/zazI3nPFF5
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) April 14, 2018
The Odia New Year is celebrated on the day of the Maha Bishuba Sankranti every year. The new Odia almanac comes to effect on this day. Among major highlights of the festival the Tulsi plant is worshiped in the courtyard of every Odia household in a special manner on this occasion.