Bisuva Sankranti

Bisuva Sankranti

In India the months and years are counted on the basis of lunar or solar movements. According to the solar system the month is counted from Sankranti to Sankranti and in lunar system it is counted from Purnima (Full-moon) to Purnima. Visuva Samkranti is the first day of the month of Baisakh as well as […]

 

Magha Saptami

Magha Saptami

This festival is celebrated on the seventh day of the new moon of Magha. This is a day specifically set aside for the worship of Sun God at Konark where stands the world famous Sun Temple, otherwise known as Black Pagoda, dedicated to Sun God. This is the most popular and colourful festival of the […]

 

Kumar Purnima Festival Of Odisha

Kumar Purnima Festival Of Odisha

Kumar Purnima is the festival celebrated on the full moon day during Ashwina month in Odisha. Kumar Purnima festival is celebrated by Girls. Kumar is the handsome son of Shiva. He is also the God of war. Kumar Purnima is the full-moon day in the month of October-November. In Orissa mostly girls celebrate this festival […]

 

Dhanu Yatra

Dhanu Yatra

Dhanu Yatra relating to the episode of Lord Krishna’s visit to Mathura to witness the ceremony of ‘Bow’ organised by Kansa as described in the ‘Bhagawat Purana’ is colourfully observed at Baragarh in Sambalpur district. The entire topography of Baragarh is rendered into the elements of Drama. The town of Baragarh becomes Mathura, the river […]

 

Savitri Brata

Savitri Brata

Savitri Brata or Savitri Amavasya is a fasting day observed by all Hindu Oriya married women on the Amavasya, the last day of the dark fortnight, in the month of Jyestha. This day is most favorable for the married Hindu women whose husbands are alive. They observe it as a vow with great dedication and […]

 

Khudurukuni Osa

Khudurukuni Osa

On the Sundays of the month of Bhadrab (Aug-Sept) this festival is observed by the unmarried girls of the business community of the coastal districts of Orissa. During the festival Goddess Durga is propitiated Khude Bhaja (Left out particles of rice that are fried), Kantiali Kakudi (Cucumber having little thorns on it), Lia (fried paddy), […]

 

Rama Navami

Rama Navami

The birthday of Lord Rama is observed as Ramanavami on the ninth day of the light half of the month of Chaitra. Though there are very few temples dedicated to Rama in Odisha, this festival is widely celebrated by the performances of Ram Leela (the sport of Rama) based on the famous epic Ramayana. Beginning […]

 

Sitala Shashti

Sitala Shashti

This particular festival strictly prevalent among the Brahmins of Odisha is generally observed in Brahmin villages, popularly known as Sasans or in towns where Brahmins are more in number. It is believed that Shiva or Hara became furious after Jagara Amavasya and He was cooled down only by marriage with Parvati. So, this marriage festival […]

 

Shamba Dasami

Shamba Dasami

The tenth day in the bright fortnight of the month of pousha (Nov.-Dec.) is known as Shamba Dasami. The day is dedicated to the worship of the Sun God and is peculiar to Odisha. There is a legend attached to the festival which tells about how and when the festival came to be observed. It […]

 

Kartika Purnima Festival in Odisha

Kartika Purnima Festival in Odisha

Kartika Purnima is one of the popular festival in Odisha celebrated throughout Orissa in the month of Kartika (October – November). In this festival the people worship Lord Shiva. The whole month of ‘Kartika’ is considered to be the most sacred among all the twelve months of the year. During this month all the pious Hindus […]