Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Sports and Youth Services Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera today offered holy water at Shaktiswara shrine at Natakai and paid obeisance to the deity performing the final rites of the Bol Bom journey.
Lakhs of Kaudias throng several Shiva temples across the state by undertaking the journey on bare foot every year to offer the water on the Shivlings.
And thus the sight of men moving in groups with kaudis on city roads isn’t anything new for the denizens of Twin Cities.
“It is believed that Ravan was the first one to take Gangajal in a kanwar and offer it to Lord Shiva after the lord consumed poison that came out of the samudra manthan. The practice pleased the lord and thus devotees of Lord Shiva began offering Gangajal on him carried in kanwars made of bamboo,” a kaudia said.