.........SAMBALPUR: Festive mood is picking up here for the three-day Sital Sasthi Yatra scheduled to begin from May 29. While ‘Patra Pendi’ (engagement ceremony) of Balunkeswar Baba was performed late on Thursday, that of Loknath Baba of Jharuapada and Jageswar Baba of Mudipada will be held on Saturday evening.
Sital Sasthi Yatra is celebrated to mark the divine marriage of Lord Shiva with his consort Goddess Parvati. The marriage of the divine couple will be held on May 29 while the home coming procession will begin on May 30 night. The procession will culminate with the divine couple entering the temple on May 31 afternoon.
Similarly, ‘Nrusingha Niyuta’, also known as ‘Deba Nimantran’ (invitation to different temples of the locality), of Balunkeswar Baba was performed on Friday while that of Loknath Baba and Jageswar Baba will be held on Sunday.
Artists are working overtime to complete the backdrop of the chariot of the divine couple and tableau on social and mythological issues.
As the city is going to witness gathering of lakhs of people during the festival, 30 platoons of police force would be deployed to maintain law and order.