Kumar Purnima is the festival celebrated on the full moon day during Ashwina month in Odisha. Kumar Purnima festival is celebrated by Girls. There is a very interesting Story behind this Festival. Kumar is the handsome son of Shiva. He is also the God of war. Kumar Purnima is the full-moon day in the month of October-November. In Odisha mostly girls celebrate this festival to get a handsome husband. The girls keep fasting for the whole day. They worship the Sun god after taking bath in the morning. In the evening they wear new garments and perform the puja near a “Chahunra & Puja Bhoga”. After the puja they take the bhoga and throw that in the pond or the river. Then they search for snails, oyster shells or bamboo twigs. They bring whatever they get and then throw it to the roof of the house singing the songs. means “make my brother strong, make my brother a golden stick”.
The girls then come back home and eat “Satwika food”. Usually a special cake “Tala Gaja – Poda Pitha” is prepared in the houses and the girls eat that. Then they go to rejoice the full moon night with songs and dance. They also play a kind of game known as ‘Puchi’. The Kumar Purnima Festival is one of the most popular festival in Odisha.
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