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Bali Tritiya In Odisha In Bhadra Month

Bali Tritiya is observed on the third day, or Tritiya, of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of the Bhadra month in Orissa. In 2024, the date of Bali Tritiya is September 6. Bali Tritiya fasting is observed by married women and is dedicated to Lord Shiva (Maheshwara) and Goddess Parvati (Uma). Images of the divine couple are made using sand and worshipped on the day.

Bali Tritiya is quite similar to the Hartalika Teej vrat observed on the same day in other parts of India.

As per the Padma Purana, Goddess Parvati observed Bali Tritiya Vrat to get Lord Shiva as her husband. The intense rituals and tapas performed by Goddess Parvati softened the heart of Lord Shiva who was in terrible anger over the death of Sati.

Another popular legend associated with the Bali Tritiya ritual suggest that Lord Ram had performed the worship of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati from images made from sand and asked for their blessings before going into war with Ravana.

In a unique ritual, people beat the roofs of their houses with sticks and remove the stone-steps in front of the house to get rid of all the curses said by people. There is a general belief that curses hurled on this day will become blessings.