Name of Festival :Khudurukuni Osha Festival
Time of celebration (Month)
Khudurukuni Osha Festival is celebrated in the month of Bhadrab (August - September)
Major Territory of Celebration
Khudurukuni Osha Festival is celebrated in coastal districts of Orissa
Worship in Festival
Women and Girls worship the Goddess Durga.
Khudurukuni Osha Festival is celebrated by the unmarried women and girls. It is also known as Khudarankuni or Khudurkuni.On the day of festival women and girls worship the Goddess Maa Mangala (Durga). On this day they offers the Khude Bhaja or Khuda rice to the Goddess Durga.After pujas and rituals episodes from the life of Taapoi is sung by the girls.
History of Khudurukuni Osha Festival
The rituals of this festival is based on young girl named Taapoi.She had to undergo sufferings in the hands of her sister-in-laws when her brothers were on a sea journey. It belief that the ritual of Khudurukuni Osha Festival is observed by women for the safe return of their relatives (brothers) who venture into the sea.