chaitra-jatra-festival

Context:As a precautionary measure against COVID-19 infection the famous annual Chaitra Jatra festival scheduled to be held on March 17 in Odisha has been cancelled.

About the Chaitra Jatra festival,Odisha

  • Chaitra Jatra festival is celebrated at Tara Tarini hill shrine on Tuesdays of the Hindu month of Chaitra. The largest gatherings occur on second and third Tuesdays. 
  • Location:Tara Tarini hill shrine which is located at Kumari hill on banks of the Rushikulya river, is a major centre of Shakti worship in Odisha.
    • The Rushikulya River is one of the major rivers in the state of Odisha and covers the entire catchment area in the districts of Kandhamal and Ganjam of Odisha. 
    • The Rushikulya originates from Daringbadi hills of the Eastern Ghats range.
    • The mouth of the Rushikulya River is the location of one of the largest mass nesting (arribada) sites of olive ridley sea turtles in India.

 

Tara Tarini hill shrine

  • It is one of four major ancient Tantra Peetha and Shakti Peethas in India.
  • Shakti Peethas:
    • Shakti Peethas are holy abodes of Parashakti.
    • This is believed to have originated from the mythological story of the falling of the body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi, when Shiva carried it and wandered.

                                                

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About INSV Tarini

  • Indian Navy’s sailboat INSV Tarini was named after Tara Tarini hill shrine. 
  • The first Indian all-woman crew had circumnavigated the globe in INSV Tarini.
  • The six women crew of INSV Tarini undertook the task of circumnavigating the globe, as part Indian navy’s Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition.
  • The voyage was undertaken in consonance with National policy to empower women to attain their full potential.

Source:https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kolkata/covid-19-odisha-cancels-annual-chaitra-jatra-festival/article31077548.ece

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