Bhubaneswar: The ladies of Odisha celebrate the Sajabaja ritual a day before the Raja festival. he women and girls take rest from work and wear new clothes, Alta, and ornaments during these three days.
They pass these three days in joyous festivity and observe customs like eating only uncooked and nourishing food especially Podapitha, do not take bath or take salt, do not walk barefoot.
Just as the earth prepares itself to quench its thirst by the incoming rain the unmarried girls of the family are groomed for impending matrimony through this festival.
The weather department has predicted monsoon to hit Odisha by the end of Raja festival this year. The pre-monsoon rain have been experienced in various parts of the State.