Sambalpur/Bhubaneswar: The entire state seems to have missed religious fervour on the occasion of auspicious Sital Sasthi that has begun amid the nation-wide lockdown.
It is observed on the ‘sasthi’ (6th day) during the ‘Shukla Paksha’ (the waxing phase of moon) in the ‘Jyestha’month of the traditional Hindu calendar.
The divine marriage of Lord Shiva and Parvati began today in Sambalpur and is being celebrated in a subdued manner.
Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, there is no lavish home-coming procession of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Moreover, no artistes and tableaus will be made for the procession during the observation of the festival.
there will be no major change in the other rituals which are performed in the temples at Jharuapada, Nandapada, Mudipada, Badbazar and Thakurpada.While earlier the procession was an overnight affair, this year it will be carried out only from 7 am to 4 pm.
Earlier, the ‘thala utha’ ritual was held on April 27 without any fanfare.
Sital Sasthi Jatra of Lord Lingaraj will also be held in the temple premises in the capital city of Odisha. BMC Commissioner has granted conditional permission for observance of the festival.
The festival will be observed in Lingaraj temple premises without any procession. All servitors have to mandatorily wear masks and maintain Covid19 social distancing norms during the event.
Only seven Sebayats (priests) will be there to execute the rituals of the festival, Sri Lingaraj temple Committee informed today.