Meru Jatra Festival

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News:Odisha’s Ganjam district administration has banned the Meru Jatra festival and congregations due to Covid-19.

Facts:

  • Meru Jatra marks the end of the 21-day-long festival of penance named ‘Danda Nata’.

Danda Nata Festival:

  • It is a 21-day long seasonal folk dance festival that is celebrated in the month of ‘Chaitra’.
  • During the festival, people who participate in the festival(Danduas) undergo self-inflicted pain to pay their obeisance to the lord Kali.It is also a form of worshipping the lord Shiva and his consort Parvati.