13 Apr 2020, 12:53 pm By Neha Sinha
Pana Sanskriti & Maha Vishubha Sanskriti mark Odia New Year, Greetings on the way

Pana Sankranti: Happy New Year Odisha

Pana Sankranti is a traditional festival that is celebrated in Odisha. It is also known as Maha Vishuba Sanskrati. It is a new year day festival of Buddhists and Hindus in Odisha. The date of the Pana Sankranti is set with the solar cycle of the lunisolar calendar, as the first day of the traditional solar month of Mesha according to its religious books. 

History of the Pana Sankranti:

Panan Sankranti is identical to the purnimantra system of lunar month Baisakh according to the Indian National System it is the 24th day of Chaitra. It is also the reason it falls always on 14 April every year on the Gregorian calendar.

Panan Sankranti festival is celebrated with visits to Shiva temple, Sakti temple, Hanuman temple. This festival is celebrated because this day is considered to be the birthday of Hanuman. People take bath in the river for celebrating this occasion with pomp and show. Communities participate in mela, watch street dance, and other activities that they celebrate on the occasion of Pana Sankranti.

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The mystery of the name of the 'Pana' in Pana Sankranti:

Pana Sanskriti & Maha Vishubha Sanskriti

Also, they celebrate it with the pomp and show like social celebrations are fire-walk, where volunteers sprint over a bed of burning coal. People drink a sweet mango, milk, yogurt, coconut drink on the Pana Sankranti.

Here, a chilled sweet mango, milk, yogurt, coconut drink called Pana, at this festival they drink it. Therefore it is known as the Pana Sankranti. The name of the part comes from the sweet drink.

Comparing of the Pana Sankranti:

Pana Sankranti is similar to new year festivals observed by other states, other religions, and other people.
1) Baisakhi - Punjabi new year
2) Puthandu - Tamil New Year
3) Pohela Boishakh - Bengali New Year
4) Vishu - Malayalam New Year
5) Bohag Bihu - Assamese new year
6) Pana Sankranti - Odisha

The interesting mystery of the Pana Sanskriti

1) According to Odisha tradition, Lord Hanuman born on this day. Therefore they celebrate it as a birthday of Hanuman. Hanuman loves Vishnu Avatar Rama in Ramayana is legendary.  
2) In Northern Odisha Pana Sanskrati, is knows as Chadak Parva.
3) In Southern Odisha, the Meru Yatra festival is celebrated as the end of the month-long Danda Nata dance festival.