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 […]

 

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 […]