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The story of Sage Dadhichi and Vajrayudha - Dadeechi Rushigalu and Narayana Varma Japa

This article is a guest post and is written by Sri Narahari Sumadhwa. He has used Telugu names of Hindu saints and gods. It is presented without editing and I have only added the popular names of Saints in braces.
Dadeechi Rushigalu (Saint Dadhichi) was born on Bhadrapada Shudda Ashtami. The day observed as Dadeechi Jayanti.
Sage Dadhichi is considered in the Puranas as one of our earliest ancestors and he shines in this great country as the illustrious example of sacrifice for the sake of the liberation of the suffering from their distress. No sacrifice is too great for the noble-minded in this world.
During Krta Yuga, there was a daitya (demon) named Vritrasura. He, associated by Kalakeyas, was attacking Devataas (demi gods) and people were made to suffer a lot. Devatas (demi gods) were losing their battle against Daityaas. At that time they went to Lord Brahma, who took them to Srihari (Lord Vishnu), who recommended them to make a weapon to destroy Vritrasura, with the help of b…

Sunia Festival in Orissa

Sunia is observed in the Bhadrab month in Orissa and is considered to be the traditional New Year in Orissa (Oriya New Year) by some communities. The day is observed as Bamana Janma day or Vaman Jayanti – the day when Lord Vishnu appeared as Vamana. In 2018, the date of Sunia festival is September 21.
Sunia festival was observed mainly by Rajas and Zamindars. It is the day when they renewed the lease on the land and water body etc. The one-year lease of various types used to begin on the day. Farmers and citizens also used to pay the tax on this day to the rulers. But with the abolishment of Zamindari system in India, Sunia festival has no relevance and is ignored by majority of the people.
The festival is of great importance in Puri for the Orissa royalty associated with the PuriJagannathTemple. Thousands of people are invited to the PuriPalace and a Mahaprasad ceremony is held on the day.