Odisha celebrated Akshaya Tritiya on Tuesday by holding state-level ‘Bhumi Puja’ across the state and farmers’ festival ‘Akhi Muthi Anukula’ at the state Farm Machinery, attended by State Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo.
The ‘Bhumi Puja’ was performed and ‘Akhi Muthi Anukula’, the ritual of sowing seeds in their paddy fields after ploughing their lands, was observed by top leaders and ministers across the state. These include State Food Supply Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain at Tigiria in Athgarh, BJP State president Samir Mohanty at Athgard Block, Senior Congress Leader Suresh Kumar Routray at Bhubaneswar Block, Minister Raghunandan Das at Balikuda Block, Jagatsinghpur district and Minister Jyoti Panigrahi at Baleswar district.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and many state ministers greeted the people of the State on the occasion.
On the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya, many regions in India begin new ventures including marriages, investments in gold or other property. The festival holds special significance for farmers who offer prayers to their farming equipment and sow the first seeds.