Maha Bisubha Sakranti, is celebrated as Odia Nutan Barsha in whole Odisha . The festival is also celebrated as Pana Sankranti, Hauman Jayanti, Pana Parba and Shri Radharamandeba Jayanti . People worship in temples as believe of Good Luck for family, they keep fasting, making Haban – Homa (fire ceremony). People offer sweet Pana, food, costumes for betterment of good health, good fortune and virtue . It is holy belief, give water to Holy Banyan Tree ( Aswatatha ), Holy Basil Plant ( Tulsi ) and Shaligram during prior noon to evening . The period is regarded as Holy Period of Maha Bisubha Sakranti . The rituals teaches us to live in ecology and respect the thoughts of “Basudeba Kutumbkam” On this particular day, 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. 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, Special offerings are made to Shalagram, Shivalinga, Hanuman, and other deities.
Aording to tradition when ‘Bhishma’, the grandfather of ‘Kurus’ or ‘Kauravas’ and the ‘Pandavas’ lay on the bed of arrows (‘Shara Sajya’) he felt thirsty and there was no water nearby in the ravaged battle-field of ‘Kurukshetra’. Then ‘Arjuna’ with his powerful bow thrusted an arrow deep into the ground and water immediately came out in a stream to quenc h the thirst of the dying warrior. Out of contentment and compassion Bhishma conferred to ‘Yudhisthira’, “Those people who would offer cold water to thirsty people on this day would not only be free from all sins, but also the departed souls of their ancestors as well as the Gods in heaven would be pleased.” This saying of the holy scripture is observed with great reverence and people all over the country offer sweet-water to thirsty people as a religious rite.