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 […]

 

Chaitra Parba in Odisha

Chaitra Parba in Odisha

The Chaitra Parba or Chhau Festival is the major festival of the tribal people of Koraput. It commences from 10th/11th April every year and continues for three days concluding on ‘Mahavishuva Sankranti Day’ at Baripada. It is also observed by the Bhuiyan trihbal of Mayurbhanj, Sudargarh and Keonjhar. The festival of Chaitra Parba is known […]

 

Janmashtami

Janmashtami

The birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is celebrated as Janmastami. It falls on the eighth day of the dark half of the month of Bhadraba. Of all the divine incarnations of the God, Sri Krishna is the most adored. By virtue of His divine Leelas or sports, Krishna has become […]

 

Baseli Puja – Chaiti Ghoda

Baseli Puja – Chaiti Ghoda

Baseli Puja is also known as Chaiti Ghoda. In the month of Chaitra there is an exclusive festival for the bonafide fishermen community of Orissa who are popularly known as Keuta (Kaivatra). This festival is held for a full month beginning from Chaitra parba (Full moon of Chaitra in March) and ending with Baisakh Purnima […]

 

Prathamastami

Prathamastami

This is one of the most popular festivals of Orissa, peculiar to the region. This is the eighth day in the month of Margasira in which the eldest child of the family is honoured. He or she is given new clothes and is made to sit on a wooden pedestal (Pidha). In fornt of him/her […]