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India is known for isolating menstruating women, and alienating them from mainstream celebrations and public spaces. However, this peculiar festival—The Raja festival—from Odisha is a breath of fresh liberal air. What initially started as a tribal ritual, the Raja festival has gone through various evolutionary changes from its conception as a tantric practice, that involved sprinkling period blood that symbolises a life force. And as the reigns of Odisha passed on from one dynasty to another, the festival continued to remodel itself, keeping up with the times and traditions.