Religious Socio-cultural functions by People of Orissa Origin in Bangalore

Religion is outward expression of spirituality. Each religion has its own constituency of followers. Traditionally, religions have regarded spirituality as an integral aspect of religious experience. Culture is shared attitudes, values, goals and practices that characterise an institution, organization or group. It is the collective programming of the human mind that distinguishes the members of one human group from those of another. The religious and cultural practices of a particular group of persons in the society very often lead to religious socio-cultural functions. Two such religious socio-cultural functions Vinayak Chaturthi and Nuakhai are organised by Orissa Puja Committee and nuakhaibangalore respectively by People of Orissa Origin in Bangalore every year.

Vinayak Chaturthi or Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on 4th day of the bright moon fortnight in the month of Bhadraba.This festival is honoured as the birthday of Sri Ganesh. He is worshipped as the God of wisdom, wealth, health and happiness. Lord Jagannath, the principal deity of Orissa is decorated and worshipped in the form of Sri Gajanana or Ganesh on his birthday. This particular religious culture of Orissa has influenced the celebration of Maha Vinayak Mahostav on Vinayak Chaturthi by natives of Orissa residing in Bangalore for last 16 years. This year on September 11, 2010, I attended Maha Vinayak Mahostav 2010 organised by Orissa Puja Committee Bengaluru at BEML Kalamandir Bangalore. The Ganesh puja with homa was followed by Pushpanjali  by the devotees in the forenoon.At noon time Mr.Baijayanta Panda, Honourable Member of Parliament from Orissa who attended the function as Chief Guest  felicitated the distinguished Odiya persons   residing in Bangalore for their remarkable achievements in various  fields. It was followed by Prasad Sevan with delicious Oriya food prepared by Oriya cooks. In the afternoon the audience were entertained by Oriya Music Orchestra. The printed copies of souvenir ‘ashmita’  brought out to commemorate the occasion were distributed to all participants. About 5000 Odiya people residing in Bangalore attended   this year function.

Nuakhai or Nabanna is celebrated on 5th day of the bright moon fortnight in the month of Bhadraba, on the day following Ganesh Chaturthi in Orissa ,significantly in the districts of Sambalpur,Bargarh,Jharsuguda,Deogarh,Bolangir,Subarnapur,Kalahandi,Nuapada,Boudh and Sundergarh in the Western Orissa .On this day the new paddy of the agricultural year is dedicated to the gods and goddess as Bhoga and then eaten by all family members sitting together distributed by the senior most member of the family. The Nabanna is first dedicated to Maa Samaleswari, the principal deity of Western Orissa. This year it was celebrated on September 12, 2010.Many of the people of Western Orissa residing in Bangalore like to visit their native places in Orissa to attend the function in their homes. Hence the Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat or get-together after Nuakhai of Odiya people residing in Bangalore is celebrated after about a fortnight. The Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat is being organised by  juhar parivar of nuakhaibanglore since 2000 every year. This year, I attended the Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat celebrated at Dr.Ambedkar Bhavan Millers road Bangalore on September 25, 2010. The program started with Maa Samalei Vandana.The anchoring of the program was good. The cultural program was mostly Sambalpuri in nature befitting to the Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat. The felicitation of distinguished persons was done in a short break during dance & song events which did not hamper the tempo of the cultural program. The Hasya-byanga talk by Sri Manoranjan Sahu, the Chief Guest of the evening from Bargarh Orissa was enjoyable. I was   introduced as Retd.C.D.M.O. & a Yoga Practitioner having authored a good number of articles on Yoga by nuakhaibangalore to the audience and participants. I was delighted to have the privilege of a facilitator in the felicitation program. The dinner was very much palatable comprising Odiya more so Sambalpuri dish.  The function was a grand   success. About 5oo natives of Western Orissa and Odiya people belonging to other parts of Orissa residing in Bangalore attended this year function.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda

Bangalore

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Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Qualification:M.B.B.S.,M.D. Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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32 Responses to Religious Socio-cultural functions by People of Orissa Origin in Bangalore

  1. Very well described article on Ganesh Chaturthi and Nuakhai.

    I used to presume Lord Jagannath as Lord Krishna while you described him as Ganesh. Kindly clarify.

    Nuakhai as you described, is offering of new crop to the God and then eaten by family members; is also celebrated in different parts of the country in different forms coinciding with their crop cycles.

    In Punjab & Haryana Baisakhi is celebrated on 13th day of April (First day of Baisakh, second month of Indian Calender)and coincides with harvesting of wheat.

    Similarly Navratri, Dashehra & Dipawali coincide with harvesting of second crop (paddy/ rice) in this area. The season is celebrated in this area in multiple rituals with various days devoted to various activities.

    The season starts with Shraddhs (In this, a fortnight is devoted to feasting of Brahmins in devotion to dead parents and fore fathers and members of ancestral families who died without leaving a clan).

    It is followed by Navratri devoted to nine incarnations of various Godesses.Tenth day is Dashehra.

    Then there is DhanTeras famous for new purchases usually Gold.Then Dipawali followed by Bhaiya Dooj( Brothers offering Gifts to Sisters) followed by Goverdhan Pooja in commemoration of Lord Krishna’s lifting of Goverdhan Parwat.

    As you have rightly described, these are ways of integrating people with common background, collective celebrations and allowing venting out of emotions, adding pleasure to otherwise a dull routine living.

    The article is of real value in knowing Oriya culture and a definite lesson to enjoy life.

    A pleasant read indeed.

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    Great to see cultural activities being held, nurtured and patronized. I think, they help to build a better people, better India and better World.

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  3. drmcpanda says:

    Gajanana or Ganesh transcends all sects and views and is equally worshipped by both Saivites and Vaishnavas because Ganesh is viewed as an incarnation of both Vishnu and Shiva.

    The presumption to accept Lord Jagannath as Lord Krishna is in accordance with Vaishnavas` view.

    The speciality of observance of Nuakhai is Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat and Nuakhai Juhar.

  4. Prana Ganesh says:

    Well said.
    Better than a thousand hollow words is one word i.e.Ganesh that brings peace.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Prakash Padhan says:

    I am much excited to hear Nuakhai Bhetghat celebrated in Bangalore.
    The greatest festival of Western Odisha is now not limited in Odisha.

    I give my thanks to organiser of cultural programme.
    Also I request to continue it in every year and would like to see Dr.M.C.Panda Sir as ambassador of Western Odisha.

  6. drppanda says:

    Nice to know it.
    Bangalore, perhaps is the second house of Odia engineers.
    So nothing to be surprised.

  7. In 2011, Nuakhai was celebrated on September 2, 2011.

    The Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat was organised by juhar parivar of nuakhaibanglore on September 11, 2011 at N.I.F.T. Auditorium near Jagannanath Temple HSR Lay out Bangalore. The program started with Maa Samalei puja archana .The cultural program was mostly Sambalpuri in nature befitting to the Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat. The felicitation of distinguished persons was done in a short break during dance & song events which did not hamper the tempo of the cultural program.Dr. Jyoti Panigrahi Chairperson Orissa State Mahila Commission attended the function as Chief Guest and Dr. Tapaswani Guru from Bargarh Orissa was the guest of honour. The Hasya-byanga talk by Pashukabi Sri Sushil Mishra from Bolangir Orissa was enjoyable. I was delighted to have the privilege of a facilitator in the felicitation program. The lunch served comprised Sambalpuri dish. About 1000 natives of Western Orissa and Odiya people belonging to other parts of Orissa residing in Bangalore attended this year function.

    Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda
    Bangalore

  8. navratnanews says:

    Nuakhai Juhar,
    Thanks for your nice article.

  9. V.Nageswar Rao says:

    Dear Sir,
    Namaskar & Juhar.

    The article on Ganesh Puja and Nuakhai Celebration at Bangalore was very nicely elaborated.You are very lucky enough to attend and facilitate such wonderful occasions in Odia Culture at Bangalore.

    I Pray GOD for continuity on celebrations of such occasions at Bangalore with like minded people like you towards the development of Culture and Tradition of Western Odisha and Different parts of Odisha.

    Thanking You,
    With Regards
    Nageswar

  10. Nuakhai is the main festival of tribal dominated Western Orissa comprised of Balangir, Bargarh, Boudh, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Sundargarh Districts and Aathmallik sub-division of Angul District.

    But celebration out side Odisha is much more enjoyable.

    // Om Sai Ram //

  11. Nuakhai is a Festival in which the Friendships and Affections are being changed from Deeper to Deepest.All Members of Family gather in this day to celebrate and to erase the cracks between the relations (if any) and rebuild very strong relations.

    It is a festival of celebration that not to be celebrated only; but to observe the paths to the exchange of prestige and honour.I love my parents very much. Actually all have to take proper care about their parents, because any happiness can be achieved in the world by the Grace of the Parents; in the same sense all the achievements are not fruitful if there is no such respect by the achievers for their parents.

    Nuakhai Juhar to all

    OM SRI SAI RAM
    Gyana Ranjan Mohanty
    Mob: 9337311590

  12. Definitely, The NUAKHAI PARAB in Western Orissa is a symbol of unity and brotherhood. The exchange of greetings with friends, well wishers, relatives; and particularly the blessing of Elders to Juniors on this occasion for longer life ‘BUDHAHEITHA’ is unique feature of our custom and tradition.

    Thus many thanks to our koshali bhai bahen of Bangalore for celebrating Nuakhai and NUAKHAI JUHAR.

  13. Ashirbad Purohit says:

    phhi bachar amar tihar nuakhai aaisi
    raag rismi guel jhhagar manu bhulai desi,
    sukh dukh ta tar bidhan sabu dine chalithisi
    phirvi nuakhai aiale bhai gute alga maja lagsi,
    ghare ghare chuiel mude kala machmach tale karai bassi
    kete rakmar pitha pana bara babra chhana chhuni hesi,
    gute thane gute dware saba nua khaisaan
    bakharir ra bada budhanu nua kunda chhinsan,
    jete dure thaikari jie bi jana karuthisi
    nuakhai aila balikari gharke atarchha hai dhhainsi,
    chura kunda chhinla pare mandi jia chalsi
    dein debata mundia mara kenta maja lagsi,
    bate ghhate jahake dekhle kaka juhar baba juhar
    bada sarage kahesan nijara bayasia sangake dekhle,
    kete haat mila muli hesaan kete katha kete maja
    kete dekhba haasi ghara dwara sab uasete phati paduthisi.
    phhi bachhar amar tihar nuakhai aaisi………………….

  14. Chandra Kumar Panda says:

    Sir,
    Namaskar.

    Amidst official business I couldn’t be able to reply you earlier. However, I had my opportunity to go through those photographs which were meant for Nuakahai Bhet-Ghat in Bangalore and by going through the photographs I became really very astonished how you have earned social recognition amongst Odisha people in Bangalore in a short span and immediately requested my present A.D.M.O. (F.W.) who was beside me to see the same. He also saw the photographs for a moment.

    Yours Sincerely
    Chandra Kumar Panda
    Bargarh Odisha

  15. Bhojpuri says:

    This is a great track.
    All time favourite article on religious socio-cultural functions.

  16. Maha Vinayak Mahostav 2012 by Orissa Puja Committee Bangalore says:

    Maha Vinayak Mahostav 2012 was organised on Ganesh Chaturthi dated September 19, 2012 by Orissa Puja Committee Bangalore at BEML Kalamandir Bengaluru.The Ganesh puja with homa was followed by Pushpanjali by the devotees in the forenoon. Sri Tathagata Satpathy, Honourable Member of Parliament & Chief Editor ‘The Dharitri’ from Odisha attended the function as Chief Guest.The printed copies of souvenir ‘ashmita’ brought out to commemorate the occasion were distributed to all participants. It was followed by Prasad Sevan and Cultural Programmes. About 5000 Odiya people residing in Bangalore attended this year function.I attended & participated in the function being invited by Orissa Puja Committee Bangalore.

  17. Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat Bangalore 2012 says:

    In 2012, Nuakhai was celebrated on September 20, 2012.

    The Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat was organised by juhar parivar of nuakhaibanglore on September 30, 2012 at HAL Kalyan Mandapa Old Air Port Road Bangalore. The program started with Maa Samaleswari puja. The cultural programs of hasya-byanga, fashion show, song, music, and dance were Sambalpuri in nature befitting to the Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat. I was delighted to have the privilege of speaking a few words to the gathering about my involvement in the Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat programs in Bangalore for last three occasions since 2010.The lunch served comprised Sambalpuri dish. In post lunch session, the distinguished persons of Western Orissa origin coming from Orissa and other places outside Bangalore who attended the function as honourable guests were felicitated. About 1000 natives of Western Orissa and Odiya people belonging to other parts of Orissa residing in Bangalore attended this year function.

    Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
    Bangalore

  18. Lovely article ! You are an inspiration for the youth. Being this organised in documenting experience and sharing truth in a technically sound manner is rare these days.

    Many wishes on Nuakhai,”Mor Juhar”. Wish to meet you once if fate permits.

    Have a great day Sir.
    Sandeep Nayak
    Delhi

  19. Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat Bangalore 2014 says:

    In 2014, Nuakhai was celebrated on August 30, 2014.

    The Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat was organised by juhar parivar of nuakhaibanglore on September 7, 2014 at HAL Kalyan Mandapa Old Air Port Road Bangalore. The program started with Maa Samaleswari puja. The cultural programs of song, music, and dance were Sambalpuri in nature befitting to the Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat. The lunch served comprised Sambalpuri dish. Natives of Western Orissa and Odiya people belonging to other parts of Orissa residing in Bangalore attended the function.

    Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
    Bangalore

  20. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    I have been communicated about the Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat of Bangaluru held on September 7, 2014 among the Odiya community. History of commence of Nuakhai is not traceable. It is truth that Arnam is Brahma; more emphasis is given to newly first harvested, sown at Akhi-trutiya of month Baisakha on Panchami of month Bhadraba as Nuakhai. It is at first after oblation to village goddess, distributed by the eldest to all sub-ordinates assembled for the occasion so politely and affectionately that he is reciprocated with same devotion. This brings unity in diversity at individual that may impact at national and international level in near future. In this festival no doubt newly energetic grain enriches the Annamaya kosha but also brings vibration in prannamaya and manamaya kosha, so everyone is engrossed in marry-making as per ancestor and dynasty ;that is Karma-yoga, which opens gate for Vigyanamaya kosha and every one indulges in innovative idea to live and share to each other’s for peaceful and lovely future . It ascends to Annandamaya kosha further as the eternal event as Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat.

    Many many thanks and juhar and pada namaskar to Odiya community at Bangalore.

    With Regards,
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh,Odisha

  21. Nice Article by Dr.Panda, one of the honourable member of Juhar Parivar Bangalore. He has witnessed each and every edition of Nuakhai by Juhar Parivar since 2010 except for one year when he was in the US with his grandchildren.Thanks Dr Mahesh Chandra Panda for his continuous support, guidance and encouragement.

    Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat celebrated at Dr.Ambedkar Bhavan Millers road Bangalore on September 25, 2010.

    Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat celebrated at Dr.Ambedkar Bhavan Millers road Bangalore on September 25, 2010-Felicitation Ceremony

    Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat celebrated at Dr.Ambedkar Bhavan Millers road Bangalore on September 25, 2010-Felicitation Ceremony- Organizing Hosts & Guests

  22. Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat Bangalore 2015 says:

    Agyan Juhar.

    In 2015, Nuakhai is being celebrated today on September 18, 2015.

    The 16th Year Celebration of Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat is being organized by Juhar Parivar Bengaluru on September 27, 2015 at HAL Kalyan Mandapa near HAL market & HAL Post Office HAL Main Signal Bus Stop Bangalore.

    E thara bhi asbe
    Biswajit Pradhan

    • Thanks for your personal invitation for Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat organized by Juhar Parivar Bangalore on September 27, 2015 by mail and post in Facebook. Due to personal health problems, I regret to inform you that I can not attend this year Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat scheduled to be celebrated by Juhar Parivar Bangalore on September 27, 2015 . To know details, You may read my Recent Post in Yoga and Spirituality: Managing Convalescence Period of Illness published on September 1, 2015.

      Wishing Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat organized by Juhar Parivar Bangalore on September 27, 2015 Grand Success.

  23. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    It is a great pleasure to know that the “Nuakhai” festival of our Western Odisha is being celebrated so nicely in Bangalore. The festival is all about unity and togetherness of the members of a family.In the Western Odisha it is celebrated with a great pleasure, but I am happy to know that it is being celebrated out side Odisha so nicely and vastly. Thanks to the Western Odia people who reside in Bangalore and organize such socio-cultural functions.

  24. Dhandapani Muthuswamy says:

    Nice article on Religious Socio-cultural functions by People of Orissa Origin in Bangalore and comments by readers are nice too. Your participation in the function is praise worthy Drji.

  25. Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat Bangalore 2016 says:

    In 2016, Nuakhai is being celebrated on September 6, 2016.

    The 17th Year Celebration of Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat is being organized by Juhar Parivar Bengaluru on September 11, 2016 at Sir M M Vishweswaraya College Grounds, Old Airport Road, Bangalore.

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