– A Visit To The Osun-Osogbo Grove
– August is a month of spiritual cleasing
A land of sacred truths and vision is one characterized by the Osun-Osogbo Grove. It is a sacred forest along the banks of the Osun river just outside the city of Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria.
This was one of the ancient sacred places that joined most ancient ciies until mordenization evolved and then swept us off our feet high and dry. This is a place recognized for its cutural and global value by all and sundry.
Every year, the Osun-Osgogbo festival is celebrated in the month of August at the grove. Yearly, the festival attracts thousands of Osun worshippers, spectators and tourists from all walks of life.
For the people of Osogbo, August is a month of celebration, one that is sacre filled with a lot of traditional cleansing of the city and cultural reunion of the people with their ancestors and founders of the Osogbo Kingdom.
The Osun-Osogbo Festival is a two-week-long programme. It starts with the traditional cleansing of the town called ‘Iwopopo’, which is followed in three days by the lighting of the 500-year-old sixteen-point lamp called ‘Ina Olojumerindinlogun’.
Ina Olojumerindinlogun, the sacred lamp lit at the beginning of the annual Osun-Osogbo festival
Then comes the ‘Ibroriade’, an assemblage of the crowns of the past ruler, Ataojas of Osogbo, for blessings. This event is led by the sitting Ataoja of Osogbo and the Arugba, Yeye Osun and a committee of priestesses.
The Osun grove has been lifted as a world heritage site by UNESCO to accept Osun grove into the lists of cultural and natural properties which is going to be a great source of foreign revenue to the Nigeria government.
Osun Osogbo festival also remains the strongest unifying factor in Osogbo land, irrespective of the different social, economic, and religious, political conviction of the people as they all comes together annually to celebrates.
Have you been to this groove in the past? Then you need to wait till August to join in the spiritual cleansing of your life and that of te Osogbo people.