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Somanath Brata – Somnath Vrata in Odisha

Somanath Brata, or Somnath Vrat, is observed in Odisha on the Vijayadasami or Dasara day. The Brata is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Somanath Brata 2019 date is October 8. The ritual is performed by women and includes fasting and reading the story of Somnath.

Somanath Brata rituals are held in the evening and various types of offerings are made tp Shiva 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.

Another highlight of the day is reading of Somnath Vrat Katha.