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Joranda Mela

Joranda Mela

Joranda Mela is celebrated every year in Joranda located in the Dhenkanal district of Odissa, India. The fair is celebrated by the followers of Mahima dharma religion. Joranda hosts the samadhi of Mahima Gosain the preacher of the Mahima religion. Sunya Mandira, Dhuni Mandira and Gadi Mandira are the temples following the same religion are also visited by large number of people during the fair.

The fair is celebrated on the full moon day of Magha (the poornima of Magha) which falls in the months of January – February. The Joranda Mela also called as Mahima Mela last for full 3 days in which people following the Mahima religion including the Mahima priests throng the place to worship the shrine of Mahima Gosain. Thousands of devotees and pilgrims visit the place to gain wisdom that will help them discover the calmness in their life and to achieve nirvana after death.

Several religious rituals are performed by the people and the priests following the Mahima religion during the Joranda fair. One of the rituals amongst all is burning the necessary amount of ghee in the Jajnan khund. People believe that this way they can bring the peace back to earth and ultimate to their life.

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