Chitau Pitha, a special cake, is offered to snails in rivers and ponds with a prayer that they will not bite concerned family members while taking bath or cleansing in their homes (rivers, ponds and other water sources).
The Chitau Pitha is prepared by baking grinded mix of Arua Chaula (raw rice) and coconut in a Maati Palam (wide-open faced earthen cooking pot) hit by traditional chullas or current gas stoves. Chitau Pitha, a special cake prepared in every Odia household, smells and tastes very nice.
On this day, deities in Shreemandir, Puri- Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath,Devi Subhadra and Chakraraj Sudarshan-wear chitaa made of gold and fitted with diamonds and pearls on their foreheads.
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