Berhampur, November 12 (LocalWire): Thousands of devotees thronged the beach resort town Gopalpur-on-Sea in Ganjam district on the occasion of the Kartika Purnima, early morning of Tuesday.
Kartika Purnima is the full moon day of the holiest month in the Hindu calendar and considered one of the most auspicious days of the year by them.
Besides taking the holy dip in the sea, the devotees also set sail the miniature boats made out of banana stems with lamps and presents of betel leaves and nuts, locally called as Boita Bandana (worshiping of boats).
“Odia people celebrate the festival to commemorate the historic yearly departure of sadhavas for trade on boats to far-off South-East Asian mainland and islands from the shores of the ancient Odisha, when its maritime trade was one of the best,” Berhampur University History professor Bhagaban Sahu said.
The early morning sky was reverberated with “aa kaa ma bhai…” as thousands of the adult women pronounced sang it in unison with the sounds of the tidal wave in the beach resort town.
While the district administration had made all arrangements at the beach for the holy dip, over three platoons of forces were also deployed in the two coastal areas for crowd management, Berhampur Sadara sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) JK Mohapatra said.
Besides, several police officers and rescue teams were also deployed to manage traffic and emergency situation, in case any eventuality.
The area witnessed a major crowd till about 10 am, and no untoward incident was reported from any of the two places, the SDPO stated.