Based out of Dubai, 11-year-old Tisya Panigrahi and father Priyadarshee (also a trained scuba diver) dived into the Arabian Sea in the Gulf Of Oman at Fujairah, UAE.
As per legend, head of the Kondh tribe of the area had helped Maharaja Fatenarayan Deo of Naga dynasty who ruled over Kalahandi from 1831 to 1853, to suppress a rebellion.
As per tradition, the first harvested crop was offered to Goddess Samaleswari in Sambalpur at the stipulated ‘lagna’ (auspicious moment) between 10.15 am and 10.25 am.
Odisha government rules out any change to festival guidelines; idols will have to be below 4 ft height
Announcing this, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Kumar Jena said that restrictions announced by the government in its August 9 guidelines will continue.
This year, as it is, the build-up to the festival has been marred by scanty rainfall in the region, dampening the spirits of the farmers who stare at uncertainty.
In Balangir district, the most awaited agrarian festival of Western Odisha seems to have been robbed of its charm as cases of farmer suicides over debts and crop loss were reported.
The crab-catching competition was organised on Sunday by 28-year-old Sanjib Biswal, a YouTuber, to cheer up the villagers amid these worrying times of Covid.