22 May 2020
Bhubaneswar: Married woman across Odisha are observing Savitri Puja or Sabitri Brata today. Usually, they throng the nearest temple with ‘sindoor’, ‘alta’, bangles, sacred thread (Brata) fruits and flowers and pray for the well-being and long lives of their respective husbands on the auspicious occasion of Savitri Puja.
Married women observe this day by fasting and then offering prayers to Yama (god of death), Sabitri and Satyaban with great devotion and fervour for the long life of their husbands.
While this puja is associated with the married Indian women across India, transgenders in Odisha too observe fast on this day as they pray for the well-being and long life of their 'gurus'. It is particularly observed in Maharashtra, Odisha, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Women in South India such as Karnataka and Tamil Nadu observe the holy day under a different name as Karadaiyan Nonbu.
With Lockdown 4.0 relaxation norms at place, people were seen thronging to shops for last-minute buying of clothes, bangles and fruits; tossing the social distancing norms. This was observed in almost all major market areas over Odisha.
Expecting similar rush today at temples, Jagatsinghpur Collector imposed a Section 144 around all temples in the district.