New Delhi: Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik took to Twitter and wished the people of Odisha a very happy Nuakhai Juhar.
Nuakhai is the harvest festival of Odisha wherein farmers are in possession of new rice of the season. They offer the first produce of their respective lands to Goddess Samaleswari and then consume it personally. It is one of the major festivals celebrated widely in the state.
There is a famous Samleswari Temple in Odisha dedicated to Maa Samleswari. The presiding deity of Sambalpur, Shree Shree Samaleswari is a strong religious force in western part of Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
Here is the beautiful sand art by Sudarsan Pattnaik as shared on Twitter:
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) August 26, 2017
Nuakhai is the chief festival of Western Odisha.