Kanwar Yatra

Kanwar yatra also known as Bolbum journey. During the month of Sravan the devotees also know as kanwariyas collect vessels of water from Mahanadi, Cuttack and carry them to a Shiv temple at Lingaraj temple Bhubaneswar. Travelling on foot, the Kanwariyas transport their bottles of jal(water) in a pair of pots, suspended from a bamboo yoke that rests upon their shoulders. The water is never allowed to touch the ground and the piligrims travel for long hours , stopping at roadside shelters erected by pious benefactors along their route. Ultimately, when the kanwariyas reach their destination, the jal(water ) is presented as an offering to shiv.

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