Bhubaneswar/Puri, Nov 06: The last day of Panchuka, the full moon day of the Hindu month of Kartika, is being celebrated across Odisha with fervor. The devotees, who were observing the entire Holy month with intake of complete veg foods, broke their brata today following the darshan of deities at temples after floating boats on the rivers, sea or canals.
Thousands of devotees were seen in que at the temples across the states in the early morning after floating boats that were decorated with lamps, incense sticks, betel leaves, fruits, coins, flowers on the rivers, canals or ponds.
All the temples were packed with huge crowd in the morning. In Puri, people were rushing towards Sea and Narendra pond in the early morning to float the boats to mark the last day of Panchuka. The devotees were entering the Jagannath temple amidst security. At least 48 platoons of police forces were deployed in the pilgrim city and special arrangements were made to have smooth darshan of the Lords at the temple. The similar system was also seen at Lingaraj temple in the state capital where thousands of people were standing in que to see Lord Lingaraj on the holy day of Kartika Purnima after floating boats in Bindu Sagar.
The boat festival is celebrated on Kartika Purnima to commemorate the maritime glory of Odia people of ancient times. This tradition has been maintained since ago to remember our culture and custom.