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Gamhapurnima - A Cultural and Traditional Festival of Odisha

Gamhapurnima - A Cultural and Traditional Festival of Odisha


By Smruti Swagat Ray Mohapatra | Khandapda August 6, 2017

According to the Hindu calendar, the full moon day of the month “Shravana” is celebrated as “Gamha Purnima”. The celebration of this day is primarily related to a great mythological character. On this day, Lord Balarama, the elder brother of Lord Shree Krishna, was born. Domestic cows and bullocks are decorated in traditional ways and worshipped on this day. Homemade cakes and sweets are distributed with peace and happiness.

Gamha Purnima

Another important feature of “Gamha Purnima” is “Raksha Bandhan”, which means the bond of protection. On this day, sisters tie Rakhi on the hands of their brothers as a mark of affection and demand lifelong protection from their brothers. In return, the brothers promise to take care of their beloved sisters and make them happy by offering them gifts.

Additionally, this festival features “Jhulan Purnima”. It is believed that Lord Krishna and Maa Radha enjoy the beautiful rainy season of the Shravana month. The conclusion of this month is celebrated as “Jhulan Purnima” or “Jhulan Yatra”, where devotees decorate the idols of Radha-Krishna on a swing with full devotion.

Hence, “Gamha Purnima” is a festival of unity and affection that strengthens the bond between sisters and brothers. This festival is imbued with spirituality, devotion, and affection, and is celebrated all over India with great enthusiasm.

Smruti Swagat Ray Mohapatra

Smruti Swagat Ray Mohapatra
Contributor at Ommrudraksha


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