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Bhubaneshwar, October 30, 2016: As Indians celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights on Sunday, thousands of people gathered at Jagannath temple in Puri to pay obeisance to their ancestors through the unique ritual known as “Badabadua Daka”.

On the occasion of Diwali, the ritual is held the morning and continues till late evening at ‘Bada Danda’ (the grand road). The ritual is also performed at the villages by the members of the family.

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Holding bunches of jute sticks (Kaunria) in hand, the people set fire to the sticks to invoke their ancestors to descend from their heavenly abode and visit the Earth to bless them.

The invocation process involves the chanting of prayer “Badabadua ho, andhaare aasa, aalua re jaa! (Oh hon’ble ancestors, come in darkness and go back along the lighted path!)”.

The eldest male member of the family chants these lines and the other members follow him with lighted bundles of jute sticks in their hands.

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“I have come Puri to pay obeisance to my ancestors and seek their blessings,” said Ranjan Sahu, a native of Jagatsinghpur district.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other political leaders wished the people of Odisha for a safe and happy Diwali.

Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik has created a sand art with a message to soldiers “Happy Diwali, You are our heroes” during the clean beach festival at Paradip beach. (IANS)

  • Antara

    The ritual is indeed a grand one!

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Delhi’s Air Quality Leads To Ban On Trucks And Construction

The measures include a ban on industries using coal and biomass, brick kilns, construction activities and entry of trucks into Delhi.

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With no improvement in the air quality of Delhi-NCR even three days after Diwali, the environment authority on Saturday extended the ban on the entry of trucks, construction and polluting industries.

The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) on Saturday ordered the Delhi government to extend the ban which was imposed on November 2.

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The restrictions imposed till November 10 were extended to November 12, by when there will be an improvement in the air quality of Delhi-NCR, as forecast by pollution monitoring agencies.

The restrictions were imposed by the EPCA under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

Delhi’s air quality started deteriorating a day after Diwali to “severe-plus” or “emergency” due to fireworks and weather conditions like wind speed and dipping mercury, leading to lower dispersion rate of pollutants. The Air Quality Index (AQI) on Saturday was 401 or “severe”.

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“The CPCB-headed task force has informed EPCA that given the prevailing adverse conditions, the following measures will remain until November 12, when it will further review the situation and inform us,” said EPCA Chairman Bhure Lal, in a letter to Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, the Delhi Environment Secretary and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee.

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The measures include a ban on industries using coal and biomass, brick kilns, construction activities and entry of trucks into Delhi. The restrictions exclude power plants and waste to energy plants. (IANS)