During this three-day period of Raja, women get their right to rest and enjoyment. They are not supposed to work during these days. It is believed that Mother Earth undergoes her period of menstruation during these three days. Swings are tied under branches of large trees so that women and girls could enjoy swinging while the husbands and other male-members in  the family take care of cooking. It is a custom to relish Poda Pitha (see Oriya Foods  page for recipe) during the festival. Women are strictly forbidden to perform puja of any kind either at home or in the temples during this period.

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