Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people of Odisha on the occasion of Raja Parba, a festival celebrating womanhood. "Best wishes on the auspicious occasion of Raja Parba. I pray for the good health and well-being of everyone," PM Modi wrote on Twitter. Raja Parba is a three-day-long festival. The second day of the festival signifies the beginning of the month of Mithuna, marking the arrival of rainy season.
Best wishes on the auspicious occasion of Raja Parba. I pray for the good health and well-being of everyone.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 14, 2021
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the people of his state and wrote in Odia, "...This is our unique tradition of honoring Basudha (Earth), nature and the greatness of women. Celebrate it at home with family members in times of crisis..,".
ଗଣପର୍ବ ରଜ ଅବସରରେ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ଆନ୍ତରିକ ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ। ବସୁଧା, ପ୍ରକୃତି ଓ ନାରୀମାନଙ୍କ ମହନୀୟତାକୁ ସମ୍ମାନ ଜଣାଇବାର ଏହା ଆମର ଅନନ୍ୟ ପରମ୍ପରା। କୋଭିଡ ସଙ୍କଟ ସମୟରେ ପରିବାର ଲୋକଙ୍କ ସହ ଘରେ ରହି ଏହାକୁ ପାଳନ କରନ୍ତୁ। ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କ ସଚେତନତା ଓ ସହଯୋଗ, କୋଭିଡ ଯୁଦ୍ଧରେ ଆମକୁ ନିଶ୍ଚୟ ବିଜୟୀ କରିବ। pic.twitter.com/V2b9Ov0UFt— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) June 14, 2021
"It is believed that during this time, Mother Earth menstruates...," Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) chairperson, S Mishra said. It's also significant for the farming community as they start preparations for the monsoon sowing season.
"Due to COVID-19, Raja Parba celebrations are low-key this year. Seven vehicles of "Pitha on Wheels" will reach the people's doorstep in Bhubaneswar," the OTDC chairperson told news agency ANI.
Due to #COVID19, we're celebrating Raja Parba with a very low key. (As women don't work during these 3 days) 7 vehicles of 'Pitha On wheels' will reach people's doorstep in Bhubaneswar: Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC), chairperson S Mishra pic.twitter.com/arrrMEHcxh— ANI (@ANI) June 13, 2021
"Celebrate womanhood, enjoy the swings, relish mouth watering pithas and savour the Raja Paan...," tweeted the Odisha Tourism.
#RajaParba: Celebrate womanhood, enjoy the swings, relish mouth watering pithas & savour the #RajaPaan. We wish you a happy #Raja.#OdishaTourism— Odisha Tourism (@odisha_tourism) June 14, 2021
NOTE: The video footage is of pre-Covid days. Plz adhere to all the guidelines and #StaySafe. pic.twitter.com/qWuy13jQAJ
Award winning sand artist, Sudarshan Pattnaik posted his beautiful creation on Twitter: "On the occasion of Raja Parba, a three day festival to celebrate the womanhood...I am sharing one of my sand art."
Happy Raja Parba 2021!