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Thakurani Yatra

Location : Brahmapur
Time: May
Description : Thakurani Yatra is considered the most typical and famous amongst all the folk festival celebrated in the District. Basically, this is the outcome of most flourished sakti cult of Orissa in this particular region. Sakti, as we understand, means “Power”, which is expressed through different phenomena. Goddess sakti in her many aspects represents various phenomena, as for instance, Saraswati represents Learning and wisdom Laxmi represents wealth and prosperity, durga the benevolent aspect, Kali the Malevolent aspect and so on. Sakti cult is so popular in Ganjam District that every village even individual household worships here either as presiding deity or as the protectress.

Usually the Thajurani yatra is observed in the month of May. The priest Desha Behera invites Goddess Thakurani as his daughter, who comes in the form of flower which placed in a pot and being placed on the head of a woman and then procession moves from street to street in the evening of every day, which is accompanied by musical instruments of trumpet, Kahali, ghanta, Sankha and different kinds of folk dances, this process go on for five, seven, fifteen and 21 days, as per the willingness and ability of the people. After these rituals, flowers are carried from Desibehera's house to the Budhi Thakurani temple. Fallen flowers are carried as representative of the deity to Desibehera Street in a large decorated procession at night. The Thakurani Yatra is celebrated in different parts of Ganjam district. One such major biennial Thakurani Yatra is Lanjipalli Thakurani Yatra.

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