Hingula Jatra

Hingula Jatra

Most of the festivals prevalent among the low-caste Hindus are either associated with the worship of Shakti or Shiva It is believed to have grown out of the mass religious culture of the people under the spell of Tantrism in the remote past. One such festival is Hingula Yatra or Patua Yatra. There is a […]

 

Saraswati Puja – Basanta Panchami

Saraswati Puja – Basanta Panchami

About Saraswati Puja Goddess Saraswati is represented as a graceful woman in white, a symbol of purity and peace. She is the Goddess who signifies knowledge, learning, arts and culture. She is seen as the serene Goddess wearing a crescent moon on her brow riding a swan or seated on a lotus flower. Saraswati Puja […]

 

Nuakhai of Pashim Odisha

Nuakhai of Pashim Odisha

The most important festival of western Odisha comprising the districts of Sambalpur, Bolangir, Sundargarh, Kalahandi and some areas of Phulbani, is Nuakhia. Generally it takes place in the bright half of the month of Bhadrab on an auspicious day fixed by the astrologers. In the ex-State areas the date is fixed according to the instructions […]

 

Ashokastami of Odisha

Ashokastami of Odisha

Ashokastami is one of the important festivals dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti, the mother Goddess. Ashokastami is celebrated in Eastern India State, mainly in Odisha and West Bengal. Ashoka means the one who removes and protects from hurdles, obstacles and sorrw. Ashokastami is also known as Bhavani Ashtami. On the day of Chaitra […]

 

Makara Sankranti

Makara Sankranti

The orbit of the Earth round the Sun is known as Kranti Brutta (Circle of Movement). It takes full one year for the Earth to take the orbital move. The orbit is divided into-twelve parts known as ‘Rashi’ and accordingly the year has twelve months. The day the Earth starts moving from one ‘Rashi’ to […]

 

Rakhi Purnima – Gahma Purnima – Jhulan Purnima

Rakhi Purnima – Gahma Purnima – Jhulan Purnima

The full-moon day in the month of Shravana (August) is known as Gahma Purnima or Go Purnima. In the Hindu tradition even the animals and plants, who are beneficial to the human beings are propitiated. The cow is regarded as mother. So, Gahma Purnima is a festival of the agriculturists to worship the cattle. Bullocks […]

 

Akshyaya Trutiya

Akshyaya Trutiya

Akshaya Tritiya is one of the famous and and also popular festival of Odisha which is celebrated by the Hindus and also by the Jain. This day is known as one of the Holy day. Akshaya Tritiya falls on the third day of the bright half of Vaishakh month (April – May), when the Sun and Moon […]

 

Dolo Purnima – Holi

Dolo Purnima – Holi

Dola Purnima or Holi is a popular festival in the coastal districts of Odisha. It is the full-moon day in the month of Falguna (March). Through the festival the spring is welcomed and enjoyed with mirth and merriment. This festival has been referred to in the puranical texts as Basantotsaba or the spring-festival. Some scriptures […]

 

Deepabali – Kali Puja

Deepabali – Kali Puja

The quiet month of Kartika climaxes on the Deepavali night in the festival of lamps. It is the last day of the dark fortnight. This festival of lights is observed widely all over the country. In the evening all the homes are decorated and lighted with rows of earthen lamps. Varieties of crackers are also […]

 

Gaja Lakshmi Puja

Gaja Lakshmi Puja

With the harvest brought home the farmers feel greatly satisfied with the yield. After six months of toil in the field, they fill the granaries with the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi. So, the whole month of margashira (Dec-January) is spent in worshipping the Goddess. All the rituals connected with the festival (Manabasa Gurubara or Lakshmi […]