(Contribute by Binita Mangaraj)
KARTIK PURNIMA is a Hindu,Sikh and Jain cultural festival celebrated on the Purnima (full moon) day or the 15th Lunar day of Kartik. It is also known as Tripuri Purnima or Tripurari Purnima. It is also called DEVA -DEEPAVALI _the festivals of light of Gods.
Kartik month is considered as the most sacred month among all the twelve months of the year. During this month Odiya Hindus refrain from taking non-veg food.
The last five days of the month are known as PANCHUKA and the very last day is being celebrated as “KARTIK PURNIMA”. It is also known as BHISM PANCHUKA or BISHNU PANCHUKA. It is said that even storks don’t touch fish in these five days.
On this very day Odias celebrated it as “BOITA BONDANA” festival (BOAT FESTIVAL). BOITA BONDANA is a marine based festival to commemorate the Bygone days of rich trading culture of Odisha. As the historians say Odisha which was known as KALINGA used to trade with JAVA, SUMATRA and BALI DEEP.
The Odiya Sea Merchants of once Prosperous KALINGA used to set on their Boats and Yatches to different Islands for trading on this very day. Their wives and other female members come to cheer up them on this very day.
Those rituals and customs were done in ancient times. To commemorate that tradition, Odiyas celebrate this festival by floating boats made of banana stalks or coloured paper boats in rivers or any water bodies that is nearest to their place.
On this auspicious day, just at day break, men, women and children across Odisha head for the nearest water body to set afloat boats with earthen lamps (diya), betel leaves, betel nuts, crackers, fruits and coins by singing the song:
“AA KA MA BOI
PANA GUA THOI
PANA GUA TORO
MASAKA DHARAMA MORO”.
The first line is referred to “CHATURMASA” means it is a period of four months (July to October). It begins on “Shayani Ekadashi and ends on Probodhini Ekadashi.It is reserved for PENZANCE, AUSTERITIES, FASTINGS and BATHING in holy rivers and religious observances for all. People resolve to observe some form of vows, be it of SILENCE, or abstaining from a FAVOURITE FOOD or having only a single MEAL a day.
During PANCHUKA, the third day is known as TRAYODASHI. Odiyas celebrate “BADA OSHA” on this day. GAJA PITHA and ATTAKALI are prepared and offered to Lord SHIVA in all the SHAIVA PITHA (Shrines of Lord Shiva).
According to Mythology it is said that SAGE NARADA met LORD SHIVA on this day in KAILASH MOUNTAIN and informed Him about the plights of Shiv devotees.
On the day of Kartik Purnima LORD KARTIKESHWARA (the eldest son of Lord Shiva & Mother Parvati) is worshipped.The only one day He is worshiped in the whole year.
A famous FAIR known as “BALI JATRA” begins today along the banks of the MAHANADI river in CUTTACK, Odisha, India.
During PANCHUKA we odiyas used to make RANGOLIS near Tulsi Chaura.
On the occasion of Kartik Purnima I am presenting the group with Special Panchuka Platter. The show stopper of this platter is HABISA DALMA. OOU KHATA (Sweet & tangy chutney of elephant apple) is another attraction of this platter. Since elephant apple is not available in Mumbai I could not make it.
HAPPY KARTIK PURNIMA TO ALL !!!
On my special panchuka platter :
1. plain rice
2. habisa Dalmatian
3. pumpkin and tomato chutney
4. raw banana stir fry
5. stuffed ladies’finger
6. amaranth leaves stir fried with grated coconut and badi (crushed lentil dumping)
7. spicey stuffed brinjal curry
11. cucumber slices, lemon,green chilli and salt.
Along with this platter I have prepared some Attakali/tarana (phirni)