Diwali or Deepavali is an unique way of celebrating and considered to be an auspicious day in Odisha is the calling of ancestors’ souls on the day and praying for their souls to find the peaceful path. The souls are attracted by keeping a diya inside an earthen pot.
People get dressed up in new clothes, distribute sweets and dry fruits to neighbours and relatives. In the evening, a special rangoli is made which is of the shape of a sail boat. Just near this rangoli a plough, some mortar and pestle are placed and worshipped. The sail boat has seven chambers and each chamber has a special item like asparagus root, salt, turmeric etc. In the central chamber the ‘prasad’ is kept, on top of which a jute stem is placed and this is used as a diya.
In front of the world famous Jagannath Temple to observe Badabadua Daka, a ritual performed on Deepavali. Holding bunches of burning jute-stems in hand, thousands of devotees invoked their ancestors for peace and harmony in their families.
As per the tradition, elder sons of the late fathers perform this popular Badabadua Daka ritual. The ritual aims at invoking the demigods to descend from the spiritual sky and bless their successors on earth.
Diwali is marked by homes being lit with illuminations and attractive decorations. People usually gather outside their homes in the evening, whether or not they burst crackers.