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Festivals associated with Maa Samleswari

Samleswari is an important deity of Orissa. As such many festivals are attached to her temples that are the unique festivals of Maa Samleswari. Many festivals are observed in the holy temple of Maa Samleswari throughout the year with much pomp and ceremony.

Occasion

Event

Jyestha Purnima

Jalasayee of Bhairava baba

Sravana Purnima

Srabanbhishek

Bhadraba Shukla Panchami

Nuakhai

Bhadra Krushna Astami

Ambica Puja

Aswin Amabasya

Mahalaya, Dhabalmukhi or Ganga Darshan besha

Aswin  Shukla Pratipada

Navaratri  Pujarambaha

Aswin  Purnima

Dhwajarohan and Raj- Rajeswari besha

Kartika Amabasya

Shyama Puja

Poush Purnima

Poushyabhishek

Magha Shukla Panchami

Maha Saraswati Puja

Magha Purnami

Purnahuti of 24 Prahari Mahamantra Namyagna

Makara Sankranti

Purnahuti of 3 days deepa mahayagna

Falguna Purnima

Gundikhia, Dolapurnima

Chaitra Shukla Pratipada

Basantika Navaratri Pujarambha,

Bishuba Sankranti

Sitala Thakurani Puja

Akshya Trutiya

Shree Shree Samaleswari bhajan Samaroha

On Aswina Purnima, new flags are hoisted on the temple and the devotees have holly darshan of Raj-Rajeswari besha. The most beautiful and heart touching besha of devi stands fourth among Dasamahavidya. Adi Shankaracharya worshipped Raj-Rajeswari in Sriyantra. On Nuakhai Annabhoga rice from new paddy is offered to Maa Samaleswari. It is the most important mass festival in the western part of the state.

Details of Dusshera Festivals

Maa Samaleswari is an embodiment of the Universal mother. She is worshipped variously as Jagatjanani, Adishakti, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati. During the festive season of Dusshera when the Mother is worshipped throughout the country as Maa Durga, Maa Samaleswari, during these nine days, dawns different adornments and is worshipped with much religious fervor by Her devotees. The temple then turns into a chaotic sea of countless human beings. It is estimated that one lac devotees have a holy devi darshan of Dhabalmukhi besha. It is believed that darshan of Dhabalmukhi Samaleswari gives the blessing of Gangadarshan. So it is known as Ganga darshan Besha.

The adornments and the details of the Dusshera festival

Aswin Krushna Astami

Sohala Pujarambha

Amabasya

Dhabalmukhi or Gangadarshan besha (Mahalaya)

Aswin Shukla Pratipada

Navaratri Pujarambha and Jagar Prajwalana, Sailaputri Besha

Aswin Shukla Dwitiya

Bramhacharini Besha

Trutiya

Chandraghanta Besha

Chaturthi

Kushmanda Besha

Pancham

Skandhamata Besha

Sasthi

Katyayani Besha

Saptami

Kalaratri Besha

Astami

Mahaastami, Mahagouri besha, Akhada Khandadhua Procession

Nabam

Mahanabami, Sidhhidatri Besha

Dashm

Vijaya Dashami, Ranajita Procession

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