Bhuabneswar: Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi Purnima is also called Gahma Purnima in Odisha. Apart from sisters tying rakhis on their brothers’ right hand wishing them long life while taking a vow for protection, ceremonial cow worship was also done in rural parts of the state. The 2016 Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi Purnima in Odisha was full of action at least at the state capital Bhubaneswar and other urban centers.
The morning started with ceremonial raksha bandhan at various schools while several social organisations and NGOs jumped into the fray conducting mass raksha bandhan celebration at parks and societal gatherings.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and honourable Governor Dr. S C Jamir also got Rakhis tied on their wrists by little girls from various schools. The afternoon witnessed action from Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister who was the chief guest at a public function organised by oil marketing companies, wherein several women drawn from various parts of the state tied rakhis to the minister and BJP state office bearers and in return got insured under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojna and other insurance schemes launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government in recent days.
Social organisations were also not far ahead in terms of their unique way of celebrating Raksha Bandhan. One such organisation ‘Prerna’ tied rakhis to trees at Indira Gandhi Park in Bhubaneswar reiterating its vow to protection of trees. Sand Artist Manas Sahoo made a huge sand sculpture on the sea beach at Puri with a social message to protect the mankind.
This year rakhi was also bit different with variety of designs and materials starting from the usual silk and beed rakhis to silver rakhis by the jewellers and custom made rakhis with pictures of Lord Jagannath, cartoon characters like Micky Mouse and Donald Dock.