In which of the following state, Raja Parba or festival is being celebrated?
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The Raja Parba of Odisha is one of most popular festivals of the state.
This is a three-day-long festival dedicated to Bhuma Devi, the consort of Lord Vishnu, Raja Parba celebrates womanhood.
The festivities begin a day before Mithuna Sankranti and conclude two days after that.
The first day of the festival is called Pahili Raja, the second is Mithuna Sankranti and the third Bhu daha or Basi Raja.
The preparation begins one day before Pahili Raja, and it is called Sajabaja. Primarily, it is a time for the unmarried girls to prepare for their matrimony.
They follow various customs related to the festival by consuming nutritious food like Podapitha, not walking barefoot, taking a bath on the first day, and merrily swinging on ropes attached to a tree.
During the Parba, Odia people do not undertake any construction works or tilling that requires the earth to be dug. And by not doing such activities, they pay ode to the Mother Earth who needs a break from routine work.
The festival concludes with a custom called Vasumati Snana or the bathing of Bhuma Devi.
This festival is also associated with the end of the summer season and the arrival of the monsoon.
And therefore, it is also associated with agriculture and cultivation related communities and activities.