Berhampur, Nov 23 (LocalWire) Beach town Gopalpur was crowded with devotees since early Friday, taking holy dips in the sea on occasion of Kartika Purnima and performing popular ritual Boita Bandana.
Singing “aa kaa maa bhai” (traditional farewell song), female devotes floated miniature boats made out of banana stems with lamps and decorated with betel leaves and nuts.
The ritual, locally called “Boita Bandana” (worshipping of boats), is performed in remembrance of their ancestors who once sailed to faraway lands like Malaysia and Indonesia for trade.
Heavy crowd was also witnessed at Dhabaleswar, near Gopalpur town, on the occasion.
At least three platoons of security forces were deployed in these two coastal areas for crowd management, said sub divisional police officer, Berhampur Sadara AK Mohanty.
Besides, 8 assistant sub inspectors (ASI) and 4 inspectors of police were deployed in both the places.
He said no untoward incident was reported from these places.
Union minister of state for rural development RK Yadav attended the Biota Bandana Utsav held at Chilika.
Several organisations, including Tailika Samaj, celebrated the occasion by setting sail miniature boats in several ponds in Berhampur town.