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Habisha In Kartik Month In Odisha – Habisialis

In Odisha, the Kartik month holds immense significance, particularly during its final five days, known as 'Panchuka.' These days are revered as the holiest in the month, with households across Odisha observing them with deep devotion in pursuit of spiritual tranquility. During this time, people refrain from consuming non-vegetarian food and avoid dishes containing onion and garlic. Some devout followers undertake a stricter observance known as 'Habisha.' The devotees who observe the Habisha ritual is known as Habishyalis.

'Habisha' is regarded as the most auspicious ritual of the Kartik month, and those who adhere to its rigorous guidelines are referred to as 'Habisialis.' According to tradition, Habisialis partake in only one meal a day, consumed in the afternoon before sunset. They either rely on the Mahaprasad from the Jagannath Temple for their sustenance or prepare their own meals adhering to the strict dietary restrictions of Habisha, which exclude certain vegetables like brinjal, cauliflower, cabbage, tomato, and bitter gourd.

Another essential aspect of Habisha is the Baluka Puja, where Habisialis gather around a Tulsi or Basil plant to worship Lord Shiva along with a picture of Lord Krishna, known as 'Rai Damodar,' placed under the tree for worship.

During the Kartik Month, Habisialis find solace and camaraderie among like-minded individuals, eschewing mainstream society in favor of devotion to a shared goal – bhakti or devotion. Their collective chants and ceremonies create an atmosphere of love and togetherness, reinforcing the holiness of the Kartik month.

Offerings to the Gods, known as Naibedya, are an integral part of this holy month, sustaining the Habisialis until its conclusion. The month is filled with continuous chanting and devotion, culminating on the full moon day in Kartik month when the Dharamsalas resonate with fervent prayers, symbolizing the arrival of divinity.

In the presence of the Omnipresent, Habisialis chant holy mantras with unwavering focus, their eyes fixed on the divine, as each passing moment enriches the sacred atmosphere.