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Odisha celebrates Nuakhai Juhar harvest festival with religious fervour
In many parts of Odisha, Nuakhai Juhar paddy harvest festival is being celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety in which the new rice is offered to the presiding deity with beating of drums, tinkling of cymbals and blowing of conch.
The festival is celebrated a day after the Ganesha Chaturthi by the farmers and the agricultural community of Odisha. On the occasion of the festival, Arsaa Pithaa - a rice preparation is made to be offered to the village deity marked by celebrations and feasting.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the people of Odisha on the occasion of Nuakhai Juhar saying, "Nuakhai Juhar. Greetings to the people of Odisha on this special festival. May this festival bring more prosperity in the lives of farmers."

Many central ministers, leaders and state ministers have also greeted people in Odisha on the occasion of Nuakhai Juhar. Also, some sand artists of Odisha made sculptures depicting the motifs of the festival.

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