Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to Twitter and wished everyone ‘Happy Raja’ and prayed for prosperity for all. “I wish this unique Odia festival brings happiness and joy in everyone’s lives,” he wrote.
Raja (pronounced as raw-jaw) is a festival of fertility celebrated over a period of three days. It is believed that Mother Earth undergoes her menstrual cycle these three days, and thus goes through regeneration. All the agricultural operations remain suspended during this period, as Mother Earth is given full rest, and should not be ‘disturbed’.
The most special thing about Raja festival is that it correlates the fertility of land to that of a woman. In simple words, it celebrates a girl’s onset of womanhood, i.e. menstruation. It is a celebration of girls and women who symbolise productivity in the human context.