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Dola Purnima: Village people celebrates the festival of Colours

Holi is also known as Dola Purnima in Odisha.
 
Dola Purnima: Village people celebrates the festival of Colours
Dola Purnima: Village people celebrates the festival of Colours

On Dola Purnima day, everyone wakes up in the morning and dress up in saffron-colored clothes and wear yellow marigold flowers. They Sing and dance by chanting Hare Krishna Mantra in the temple.

"Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare"

"Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare"

This festival is known as Dola Jatra, Dola Purnima or Swing festival. It is celebrated on the full-moon day in the month of Phalguna. The festival is celebrated by placing the small idols of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha on a decorated Pipili Applique palanquin which is then taken around the main streets of the city.

Throughout the procession led by the village drummers, pipers and Sankirtana Mandalis comes in front of each household and offered bhog like chenna(Paneer), Banana(Yellow banana), Guda(Jaggery) to the deity. The people carrying the Idols and smear each other with dry colors (abira).

In the month of March, Dola Purnima is celebrated by the people of Eastern India, mostly celebrated in Odisha & West Bengal. In the land of Lord Jagannath Dola Purnima is a popular traditional festival & this festival carries the welcome note of Holi, the festival of colours.
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