The Odia New Year is celebrated on Pana Sankranti or Maha Vishuva Sankranti. The holy day is also known as Mesha Sankranti. Pana Sankranti or Maha Vishuva Sankranti is similar to the New Year festivals observed in other states in India such as Baisakhi (Punjab), Bihu (Assam), Juir Sheetal (Mithila), Naba Barsha (Bengal), Bisu Parba (Tulu Nadu region in Karnataka), Vishu (Kerala), and Puthandu (Tamil Nadu).
The holy day of Pana Sankranti marks the beginning of the New Year in the traditional Hindu Solar Calendar, so it is celebrated as New year. On this day the sun enters the sidereal Aries or Mesha Rashi.
On this auspicious day, a small pot filled with pana or a sweet drink of Mishri and water is hung on a Tulsi plant. There is a hole at the bottom of this pot which allows the water to fall from the pot, representing rain. The flour of horse or Gahama Chhatua is consumed by the people of Odisha after offering it to the Goddess Tulsi plant(Maa Brindabati).
The Gaint Wheels of Konark Sun Temple, Konark.
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