Dhenkanal’s World Famous Joranda Magha Mela Kicks Off


Dhenkanal: The annual Magha Mela began at the Mahima Gadi in Dhenkanal’s Joranda on Saturday. The two-day-long festival of the Mahima sadhus is expected to see a huge rush of visitors and devotees as it is being held after a Covid-induced gap of two years.

The mela is organised every year by the followers of the Mahima religion since 1876 after the demise of its founder Mahima Swami. Followers of the sect as well as the general public gather here in large numbers for the annual event.

After the death of Swami, his followers built a big temple on his grave, without having any entrance to the temple as no idol was to be worshipped. They believe that god has no definite shape, size, caste or colour.

As per the legend, Swami, originally known as Jogeswar Das, observed deep penance in the Himalayas between 1802 and 1810. Finally, he selected Joranda as his permanent abode.

He rescued poet Bhima Bhoi from a deep hole on his way to Jaka village and had accepted him as his first disciple.

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