Sal and siali

A few months before the festival of Lord Jagannath in Majhiakhand village in Nayagarh District of Orissa, the village women get together to knead a mixture of ant hill clay, cow dung and cow urine into egg shaped balls and seeds of siali are preserved within them. The dried balls will be broken open during the bathing festival of the Lord Jagannath and the preserved seeds of siali taken out, sown along with prayers for their health and well being.

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