This year, Diwali or Deepavali in Odisha will be celebrated on 19th October 2017 (Thursday). Kali Puja celebration will start from 18th October (Wednesday).
It is the festival of lights and has its own charm & style. Now-a-days there is not much difference in Diwali celebration in Odisha.
Rows of oil lamps, candles and lanterns adorn the thresholds of all houses. Crackers are burst, sweets are relished and distributed. It is a ritual that calls upon the spirits of the family’s forefathers.
All members of the family hold a bundle of jute stems in their hands. Lighting their respective bundles from the flame on the rangoli, they raise them skywards chanting the following verse.
“Bada badua ho,
Andhara re asa, Alua re jao.
Baishi pahacha re gada gadau thao.”
Kali Puja is celebrated in homes and public pandals with clay idols of Maa Kali. Maa Kali is worshipped at night with Tantric rites and mantras. Maa is prescribed offerings of red hibiscus flowers, animal blood in a skull, sweets, rice and lentils, fish and meat.
Bhadrak Kali Puja at Charampa Bazar is a special attraction and the tourists throng from across the State to witness the festival. The puja here is accompanied by a ‘mela’ wherein vendors from not just the State but from West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Manipur and UP set up stalls to exhibit and sell their handicrafts.