Jhamu Yatra

Jhamu Yatra

'Jhamu Yatra' is the significant and popular festival of Goddess 'Mangala' and celebrated at Kakatpur block in Puri district of Odisha. It occurs on the first Tuesday of the sacred month of Vaisakh (April 14 to May 15) every year. On the occasion, devotees collect sacred water from river 'Prachi' and offer pray to the deity to get her blessings. The devotees with the earthen pot filled with sacred water of the river used to walk on the burning wood charcoal filled in a channel. It is believed that the blessings of the Deity save the devotees to be hurted and uninjured while walking on the fire charcoal. Every year thousands of devotees come to Kakatpur to celebrate the Jhamu festival in a grand manner.

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This gossamer light muslin fabric has found mention in the writings of many visitors to India, even as far back as the 3rd century B.C. A great deal of muslin was produced in and exported from Bengal. Dacca was the main region where cotton was cultivated due to the high humidity of the region, which prevented the delicate thread from breaking on contact with the air. The cotton spun was very white since the Brahmaputra and the Ganges Rivers have bleaching properties. The chikan workers in Bengal used this fine muslin for embroidery.

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