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Saraikela, Jan 14: River Ganges has been referred to as Ma Ganga and Her worship has been performed through time immemorial in various ways. Ma Ganga has been given form and worshiped for centuries at Bada Kankda village and it is the only place in the world where She is worshipped in form. Another part of this unique event is that history is replete with another traditional fact that Ganga Puja commences on the auspicious Hindu day of Makar Sankranti as it did today. Tusu Parb and Makar Sankranti celebrate harvest and it is naturally farmers’ oriented. Ganga Utsav commences on makar Sankranti and devotees pray for good harvests and ample rains.
The Ma Ganga Puja Utsav commenced on Friday traditionally coinciding with Makar Sankranti. The rituals were inaugurated by local social activist Dulal Sardar. The prayers are being performed by priest Pandit Nandlal Mishra. The Puja is traditionally organized by Navyuvak Adivasi Kalyan Samiti, Bada Kankda. However, in view of the prevailing pandemic conditions, the organizers have unanimously agreed to curb the traditional week long Utsav to three days amidst implementation of all COVID norms. The immersion procession will be taken out on Sunday, January 17 marking the culmination of the curtailed Ganga Utsav.
Other members present during the inauguration included Samiti president Binu Tiu, secretary Chitrasen Mahto, assistant secretary Vipin Mahto, treasurer Shatrughan Mahto and other committee executives. Villagers poured in from far and near to ba a part of this unique Ganga Utsav.
Radha Krishna Ganga Club: Similarly, the Ganga Puja Utsav has also been organized in the village by Radha Krishna Ganga Club and will be of three days’ duration. The priest performing Ganga Pujan is Pandit Lakhan Mishra.
However, this year the Dev Sabha organized by the Navyuvak Adivasi Kalyan Samiti has been cancelled this year for COVID reasons. Simultaneously, the Ganga Mela with its special attraction of the enactment of Tarka Badh episode from the epic Mahabharata.