Varanasi / Bhubaneswar ,26/11 ( Odisha Samachar ) -Maintaining the cultural tradition of Odisha, the Odias residing in Varanasi celebrated “Boita Bandana Utsav” under the aegis of Varanaseya Utkal Samaj (VUS) on 25th November, 2015, Kartika Purnima morning. For a very long time VUS is spreading the Odia culture among the Odia people and beyond the Odia community living around the holy city of Varanasi. The programme was celebrated in the bank of a Pond at Institute of Agricultural Science, BHU, Varanasi.
At first students made colorful rangoli in front of Tulasi Choura .The function started at 7.00 AM with traditional ritual of Puja at Tulasi Choura . After that the main ritual of floating and worshiping of the miniature boats started. A large beautifully decorated boat was made to symbolize the voyages undertaken by our ancestors and glorious maritime past of our state.
To mark the memorable occasion, Prof. B. K. Panda, Prof. G. B. Mishra, Dr. Kalyan Ghadei were present. The programme was coordinated by Amiya Kumar Samal, General Secretary, VUS and Mr. Bibhuti Bhusan Sahoo. The designing of boat was made by Mr. Manoj Sahoo, Mr. Kamlesh Ojha and Soumya Ranjan Sahoo. Odia Students of different faculty of BHU were present in large number.