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Rekha Panchami in Orissa

Rekha Panchami, also known as Raksha Panchami or Rakhya Panjami, is observed in Orissa and is dedicated to Batuk Bhairav – an incarnation of Lord Shiva. In 2018, the date of Rekha Panchami is August 31. The festival is observed for protection from wild animals and is also dedicated to Lord Ganesh. Rekha Panchami is observed on the fifth day of the Krishna Paksha of Bhadraba month.

On this day, paintings of Batuka Bhairav or Bhairab, Ganesh and Mahadeb (Shiva) is drawn on doors of homes. Some people draw the picture of Nandi the vehicle of Lord Shiva on the back door. A prayer (invocation) to Lord Shiva is written on palm leaf and is hung on the top of the door. Along with the palm leaf, kusha grass and a small packet of rice also hung on the door.

At night there is a ritual of making small offerings to wild animals and snakes.

Quotes from Maneesha Panchakam of Adi Shankara

Maneesha Panchakam is a Sanskrit text in the form of questions written by Adi Shankara and it brings out the essence of Advaita Vedanta.It consists of the questions asked by a Chandala and the answers given by Shankaracharya. If a person has attained the firm knowledge that he is not an object of perception, but is that pure consciousness which shines clearly in the states of waking, dream and deep sleep, and which, as the witness of the whole universe, dwells in all bodies from that of the Creator Brahma to that of the ant, then he is my Guru, irrespective of whether he is an outcaste or a Brahmana. This is my conviction. I am Brahman (pure consciousness). It is pure consciousness that appears as this universe. All this universe is only something conjured up by me because of avidya (nescience) which is composed of three gunas (Sattva, Rajas and Tamas). One who has attained this definite realization about Brahman which is bliss itself, eternal, supreme and pure, is my Guru, whether he…