Puri: On the occasion of Nuakhai, renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created Sand Maa #Samaleswari with a message Nuakhai Juhar at the Puri beach. “Nuakhai Juhar May Maa #Samaleswari bless us all. My #SandArt at Puri beach on the agricultural festival of Western #Odisha, #Nuakhai,” said Patnaik.
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) September 3, 2019
Nuakhai festival celebrated in western part of Odisha for the possession of welcome the newly harvest crop of the season. Nuakhai is an important social festival of Western Odisha and is an agricultural festival. It is observed to welcome new rice of the season. It is observed on Panchami Tithi of the month of Bhadraba. Nuakhai is the harvest festival of Odisha wherein farmers are in possession of new rice of the season. They offer the first produce of their respective lands to Goddess Samaleswari and then consume it personally. It is one of the major festivals celebrated widely in the state.