It is believed that the biological cycle of menstruation lasts for three days and during those three days, ploughing is forbidden to give Mother Earth rest. On the fourth day, Bhudevi has a ceremonial bath.
“Everyone who thinks women are impure during their periods should see how Odisha celebrated Raja. Those who believe the menstrual blood to be impure should know that the same kept a life on for nine months inside the mother’s womb,” social activist Manoj Jena told HT.
Last year, there was furor over ban of entry of all women, from reproductive age of 10 to 50 , in the Sabarimala temple. Women took to social media and stated that they were not ashamed of their menstrual blood.