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Sitalsasthi Carnival

Sitalsasthi carnival is celebrated as the wedding ceremony of Goddess Parvati with Lord Shiva. It is believed that before 400 years this event took place and in the memory of that event this festival is being celebrated even now with immense enthusiasm among the residents of Sambalpur. The festival of Sitalsasthi is more of a carnival where thousands of people take part from corners of the globe in order to increase the importance of the carnival with color and joy. This festival of Sitalsasthi is celebrated during the period when summer ends which is in the month of June with spectacle and rituals at Sambalpur and is extended for a week. People from around the state as well as outside participate in the festivities. To please the Rain God and make him shower rain and make people relieved from the sweltering heat of summer, is also one of the motives of the Sitalsasthi festival.

The festival of Sitalsasthi

Legends about Sitalsasthi Festival

As per the historical evidences and legends it is believed that once a demon named Tarkasura who had created a lot of disturbances in the entire world by the boon which he had got from God Brahama that he can only be executed by the son of Lord Shiva. Tarkasura knew that after the demise of Sati, Lord Shiva’s wife, he was completely cut off from the world and started living in loneliness. Lord Shiva went into deep meditation, and hence he would never have any son. Parvati was the incarnation of Sati born on Earth to the King Himalaya and was grown up to a beautiful woman. After the ages meditation by Lord Shiva Lord Vishnu then suggested the Indian god of cherub Kamadeva who then threw his arrow on the Shiva and broke his meditation and was then burnt by the lord Shiva for his act.

On another side, Parvati had established a special corner in the heart of Lord Shiva and she had made up her mind to get married to him only. After knowing her love towards him Lord Shiva took a test of Parvati and she succeeded in it and they both got married. They then had a son named Kartikey who killed the Rakshasa, Tarkasura and spread the message of peace in the entire world.

General Information on Sitalsasthi Carnival

The carnival is carried out in full fervor. So, you want to be a part of it? Well, here's the important information on it, that you can use:

When is it Carried
The festival of Sitalsasthi is celebrated between the second and the eighth day of the marriage.

Where is it Taken Out

Sambalpur has the evidences of the events that has happened 400 years ago and hence is said to be the centre point of the attraction for the tourists. The carnival of Sitalsasthi is celebrated not only in the region of Odisha but also in several cities and villages located on the eastern division of the state.

How is it Carried Out

The ceremony of Sitalsasthi commences with the idols of Lord Shiva and the several other Gods and Goddesses being carried through in a procession. The ‘Baraat’ of Lord Shiva is being greeted with immense love by the family of Parvati. Then several rituals are carried out and rituals are performed. The festival of Sitalsasthi is organized with great interest and pleasure. The ceremonies performed during the Sitalsasthi festivals are almost similar to that of the marriage processes which are done even today. Sambalpur attracts the attention of the local people and the tourists during this festival.

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