Somanath Brata – Somnath Vrata in Orissa

Somanath Brata, or Somnath Vrata, is observed in Orissa on the Vijaya Dasami or Dasara day. The Brata is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Somanath Brata 2014 date is October 3. The ritual is performed by women and includes fasting and reading the story of Somanath.

Somanath Brata rituals are held in the evening and various types of offerings are made and this includes a sweet made using wheat, grated coconut, sugar and spices known as Manda Pitha. Other offerings are ten different types of fruits and ten types of flowers.

Women fast on the day from sunrise and the fast is broken upon the completion of the puja.