Kanwar Yatra

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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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