Pahili Raja is the first day of Raja Sankranti festival in Odisha. In 2013, Pahili Raja date is June 14.
It falls on the last day of Jyeshta Month as per Odisha calendar (a day prior to Midhuna Sankranti). And the Raja Sankranti festival marks the beginning of Ashadha Month as per Odiya Panji.
Raja Sankranti unveils the agricultural year all over Odisha which marks the moistening of summer parched soil with the first shower of monsoon making it ready for productivity.