Bhubaneswar: ‘Doli’ the Swing and Pitha – pancakes are synonymous to ‘Raja’ celebrations in Odisha. ‘Rawjaw’, as the festival celebrating womanhood is pronounced in Odia, is incomplete without lots of colurful celebrations, food, paan and merry-making.
However, each and every festival from the past one and a half years has suffered due to Coronavirus pandemic, and ‘Raja’ is no exception.
In a bid to bridge the gap between connoisseurs of homemade Odia pancakes, the Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) has launched ‘Pitha on Wheels’.
The initiative launched by OTDC Chairperson Shreemayee Mishra, will begin from Monday (June 14) at Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur and Cuttack. Besides, special counters will be opened at Panthanivas in these three cities for the sale of Pithas, said OTDC MD, Sachin Jadhav.
In Bhubaneswar, the Pitha cart will be stationed at Station Square, Khandagiri, CRP Square, Patia Chowk, Chandrasekharpur and Rupali Square from 7 am to 11 am. The ‘pithas’ will be prepared by a collaborative effort of Panthanivas personnel and members of Women self-help groups (SHGs).
The authorities of the Tourism Department urged people to celebrate Raja at homes and not venture out unnecessarily. There will be a symbolic ‘Doli’ or Swing at Panthanivas hotel but no large-scale celebrations for Raja, because of Covid-19.