Significance of Bada Osa and Dhabaleswar Temple : Bada Osa is celebrated in Odisha in the month of november or The Kartika Sukla Trayodashi (Thirteenth day of Bright fortnight of Kartik Month) every year. The festive is a prime ritual of the Lord Dhabaleswar temple in the island of Mahanadi near Mancheswar village under Athagarh block. Thousands of disciples comes to have darshan of Lord Dhabaleswar every year.
Bada Osa falls usually on the third day of Panchuka or Panchaka (the last five days of the holy Odia month of Karthik). Every year during the Panchuka, devotees throng to their nearby Lord Shiva shrine for Lord’s darshan. Gajabhog and Tarana are the most favourite prasad of the Lord is prepared by the priests’ community. Gajabhog and Tarana are distributed among the devotees across the state.
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