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Dutivahana Osha

 

Attributed to the God of death, Yama this ritualistic fasting festival is to aspire for long life of your kin by married mothers. On the seventh day of the lunar cycle of Ashwin, married ladies cook various kind of vegetable, Kheeri and cakes along with fruits and offer it to an imaginary deity built inside a make-shift hutment made up of Tulsi plant and banana trees. Customarily everybody wears white clothes on that day, fast throughout the day and offer prayers only at night.


Interestingly, the offering to Dutivahana is distributed among relatives, friends and children and not eaten by the fasting person. The makeshift prayer place is adorned with traditional leitmotifs. The God of light, Sun is also worshipped along with Yama which signifies that one wishes enlightment at their darkest hour of life i.e when one is dying. Twenty one varieties of vegetable, cereals, fruit are kept in a big bowl covered by a fine cloth as the prasad and other cooked food are offered to please the lord and grant long-life to their children.

 
 
 
Mahalaya Lakshmi Puja Kumara Purnima Kartika Prarambha Indira Ekadashi Garbhana Sankranti
Dutivahana Osha Dussahera Diwali
 
 
 
 
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