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Art and Culture of Sundargarh District

Nuakhai1Sundargarh district is very much rich in its culture and tradition. There are lots of festivals celebrated in the district with great fun and enthusiasm. Nuakhai is one of the most important festivals of this district. Both Hindus and Christians celebrate “Nuakhai”.Karma is also celebrated by both Hindus and Christians.

Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannath is celebrated by non tribal people, in places having Jagannath temple. Some other festivals like Ramnavami Festival Bargaon is celebrated in Sundargarh district of Odisha that is famous for “Ramnavami Yatra” and “Nama Sankirtana”. The place in Bargaon where the festival and cultural programs are performed is known as “Deva Mandapa”. The Deva Mandapa is surrounded by “Lord Jagannath Temple”, “Sri Hanuman Temple” and a “Dharma Sala” in three sides and the other side is a wide road connecting to the streets of Bargaon-Basti. The theme of Ramnavami Yatra is the “Ramlila”. Performers of the village enact the entire story of Ramayana in openmultiple stages. The whole village is involved in facilitating and welcoming the visitors of that region.

Nuakhai2Thousands of visitors visit Bargaon during Ramnavami. Ramlila is performed at night, so security and other facilities are provided by local volunteers. Rajgangpur is also famous for its Ramnavami Festival.

Another festival Nama Sankirtana is also celebrated in the District. Nama Sankirtana is a form of worshiping Lord Krishna and Lord Rama in a gathering. The mantra “Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Hare Krushna, Hare Krushna, Krushna Krushna, Hare Hare” is enchanted by the worshippers for number of times till Purnahuti that is closing ceremony. It is commemorate for 1, 3, 9, 21, 56, 156 days. The highest was 156 days Nama Sankirtana in Bargaon.