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Samba Dashami 2021 date in Odisha – Puja Dedicated to Surya

Samba Dashami is a unique ritual observed in the Paush month in Odisha as per traditional Odia calendar. Samba Dashami 2020 date is January 23. On the day mothers observe special puja and rituals dedicated to Lord Surya for the good health and long life of their children. The story of Samba Dasami is associated with Samba, the son of Lord Krishna.

Legend has it that Samba was once afflicted with leprosy (as per some legend psoriasis) and he was cured after praying to Lord Surya. Samba performed penance for 12 years before he was cured.

As per some people, Samba performed this penance at the famous Sun Temple in Konark, Odisha.

Another legend has it that after he got cured, Samba built Sun Temples in Konark, Modhera and Kashmir.

What is interesting to note from this festival is that thousands of years ago Hindus knew about the curative power of Sun. Modern science have found that sunlight plays a crucial role in curing skin diseases.

Samba Dashami is observed on the 10th day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Paush month (December – January).

Special dishes are prepared on the day. The dishes are first offered to Lord Surya and is later shared with the children.

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