Berhampur, April 6 (LocalWire): The launch of “Panchanga Sravana” (Hindu New Year calendar), poem recitation, cultural shows and “pachidi” marked the celebration of “Ugadi”, the Telugu New Year, here.
Around 40 percent of the people of Berhampur city are Telugus.
Clad with traditional attire, women and children throng the temples to hear Panchanga reading (the annual predictions from the almanac) and to seek blessings from God and Goddess.
“Panchanaga is an integral part of the celebration,” said A. Srinivash Rao, a Telugu writer.
On this day, many Odias also visit the Andhra Bhasabibaradhani Samaj here to attend the Panchanga reading.
“It will be a year of mixed fortune,” said Satya Narayana, president of the Samaj, after listening to the predictions. He said there will be a good rainfall this year, which will help farmers for a big harvest.
“Pachidi” — a special chutney prepared on the occasion with mangoes, jaggary, neem flowers, turmeric, chilli and salt — was served to people before the Panchanaga reading.
“People herald the New Year with the sweet and sour taste of pachidi,” said Nageswara Rao, a member of the community who attended the event at the Andhra Bhasabibaradhani Samaj.
“Legend has it Lord Brahma created the universe on this day and people celebrate it to remember the day, Rao, a professor of Mahamayee Women’s College here, said.
Cultural programmes, poem recitation and competitions for school children were organised in different part s of the state by Telugu organizations to mark the occasion.