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 […]

 

Ganesh Puja

Ganesh Puja

The day dedicated to the worship of Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Shiva is known as Ganesha Chaturthi which is the fourth day in the light half of the month of Bhadrab. Ganesha, the God of the masses is one among the most important deity in the Hindu pantheon. He is the remover of all […]

 

Durga Puga

Durga Puga

The cult of Shakti worship in Odisha is prevalent, both in the Tantric and non-Tantric forms, as can be realized from the festivals Vasanti Durga Puja or Chaitra Durga Puja in the Oriya month of Chaitra (March or April), Sharadiyo Durga Puja in the Oriya month of Aswina (September–October) and Kalipuja (October–November), which are celebrated […]

 

Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri

Every deity in the Hindu pantheon has a particular day dedicated to Him and that day is considered most sacred and auspicious to worship and propitiate. Jagara or Shiva Ratri or the night of Shiva is a festival held in honour of the God. In Shiva Purana, Shiva says to Her consort Parvati that no […]

 
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