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Mahavishuba Sankranti 2018 – Odia New Year in 2018 - Maha Vishuba Sankranti

Mahavishuba Sankranti is observed as the Odia New Year and is also known as Mesha Sankranthi and Pana Sankranti in the eastern state of Odisha in India. Mahavishuba Sankranti 2018 date is April 14. The day is also observed as Hanuman Jayanati - the birthday of Hanuman (only in Orissa). The day marks the beginning of the New Year in the traditional Oriya Solar Calendar. The summer season also commences from this period.

Special puja are conducted at Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri and the new Odiya almanac comes into effect on the day.

People use a small pot filled with "pana" or a sweet drink of Mishri and water is hung on a basil (Tulsi) plant. There is a hole at the bottom of this pot which allows the water to fall from the pot, representing rain.

There are no major celebrations on the day. Temples conduct special pujas and rituals. The highlight of the day is the preparation of sweet drink called ‘Pana,’ which is made from fruits, milk, curd etc.  The flour of horse gram chhatua, along with banana and curd, is consumed by the people of Odisha after offering it to the Tulsi plant.

Cultural programs are organized in some regions including literary meetings.

People visit various temples and offer prayers and special pujas. Mahavishuba Sankranti also marks the end of temple festivals in some regions of Odisha.