Bali Trutiya

Date    :   August 31, 2011
Venue :  Orissa

The Bali Trutiya festival of Orissa, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is observed on the third day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon) in the Bhadra month.

According to the Padma Purana, Goddess Parvati (Umadevi) observed the intense austerities of the Bali Trutiya Vrat to win the heart of Lord Shiva who was in great anger over the death of Sati. Hence, married women observe the fast of Bali Trutiya on this day and pray to sand idols of the divine couple. In many ways, it is similar to the Hartalika Teej Vrat observed on the same day in other parts of India.

Another popular legend associated with the festival is that Lord Ram, before waging war on Ravana, had worshipped sand images of Shiva and Parvati.

A unique ritual associated with Bali Trutiya is the beating of roofs of houses and the removal of the stone-steps in front of houses in order to get rid of curses that have been cast by evil-wishers. There is also a belief that curses cast on this day will be transformed into blessings.