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Pua Jiuntia celebration in Western Orissa (PDF)

Pua Jiuntia is a well known festival of Kosal or Western Orissa region. It is celebrated in every village and town of western Orissa in the month of Aswina. Pua Jiuntia is generally observed by mothers to invoke the grace of Lord “Dutibahana” for the long life and prosperity of their sons.

During the festival, Lord Dutibahana is worshiped at the open space, which is decorated with mango leaves and flowers. The mother worships Lord Dutibahana with 108 duba (strands of green grass) and 108 grains of arua rice (non-boiled rice) wrapped in a fresh sal leaf besides the juinta (thread), jugar (made of puffed paddy) and tikhri (made of mung) as prasad. A similar wrapping is also made for each of the children and it is part of the offering to Lord Dutibahana.

After a holy dip in a nearby river or water body, the mother breaks her fast, the next the morning, after tying the juintia on the wrist of the children. She also prepares a special dish from 21 types of vegetables and fruits, as mentioned in the mythology.

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