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Samba Dashami

As per the legend, Sun God cured the son of Lord Krishna, Samba, of leprosy on this day. Hence women of the house worship the Sun God for the welfare and prosperity of their family members. Moreover the offerings to the Lord are generally those dishes that the family members love to eat. That apart, an array of pithas are also prepared on this occasion. In the afternoon, women serve cooked food to the God and view his reflection on a bowl of turmeric water that's placed near the Tulsi Plant. The very famous Budha Chakuli is also prepared in the evening and offered to Yama! 

'Samba Dashami' is one among the unique rituals observed on the 10th day during the 'Shukla Paksha' or waxing phase of moon in the month of 'Pausha' (December - January). This festival is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun) mainly observed in Odisha. On the day mothers observe special puja and rituals dedicated to Lord Surya for the good health and long life of their children. Special dishes are prepared on the day. The dishes are first offered to Lord Surya and is later shared the children.

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