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Home>>East India>>Orissa>>Fair Festivals of Orissa

Fair Festivals of Orissa

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Akshaya Tritiya

This festival is celebrated on the third day of the brilliant fortnight of the lunar month of Vaishakha.

Ashokashtami

The Car Festival of Lord Lingaraj at Bhubaneswar, Ashokastami is held in the bright half of 'Chaitra'.

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To commemorate the glorious past of commercial voyages to the islands of Bali, Java and Sumatra by Orissan Trader, a big fair called 'Bali Yatra' is held on Mahanadi river bank at Cuttack on the fullmoon day of Kartik.

Basanta Panchami

The day marked for the propitiation of 'Saraswati', the 'Goddess of learning' is known as "Sreepanchami" or Basanta Panchami.

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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').

Bija Pandu

The festival of 'Chaitra Parva' is known as "Bija Pandu" among the tribal people known as "Koya" who are concentrated in the Malkangiri sub-division of the district of Koraput.

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It is the most important festival of the fishermen of Orissa. Goddess basuli with a horse shaped head is worshipped from the full moon day of lunar Baishakha.

Chhadakhai Festival

In the holy month of Karthika many people forego their favorite non-vegetarian dishes till Karthika Purnima as part of sacred ritual.

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Chandan Yatra marks the conclusion of the cycle of religious festivals observed in the famous shrine of Lord Jagannth at Puri followed by similar other shrines of Orissa.

Chaitra Praba

The 'Chaitra Parba' or 'Chhau Festival' commences from the 11th April every year and continues for three days concluding on 'Mahavisuba Sankranti Day' at Baripada.

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This is celebrated on the new moon day of the lunar month of Shravana. A special type of rice cake called 'chitau' is offered to Lord Jagannath at the temple.

Devsanana Purnima

Devasnana Purnima or "Snana Yatra" is exclusively a festival of Lord Jagannatha and is said to be one of the oldest.

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This festival is celebrated on the first day of astral pousha month. The month of pousha is measured the month of plenty.

Dhanu Yatra

Dhanu Yatra relating to the episode of Lord Krishna's visit to Mathura to witness the ceremony of "Bow" is colourfully observed at Bargarh.

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Dolapwnima or Holi is the most famous spring festival of India. Usually celebrated in March.

Durga Puja

Durga Puja symbolises the memorial of good over evil. Life comes to a stand-still in the city of Cuttack as crowds decant over the Puja Mandaps to enjoy the festivities.

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This festival is celebrated as a merry festival of 'Gahma Pumei', on the full moon day of the lunar month of Shravana and is especially auspicious to agriculturists.

Ganesh Chaturthi

The day devoted 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'.

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This festival is celebrated on the first day of the solar month of Karthika. This is the time when the paddy plants or the ears of corn are forming. This is compared to pregnancy and hence the name 'Garbhma'.
 

Hingula Yatra

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.

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The birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth personification of Lord Vishnu, is distinguished as Janmashtami.
 

Joranda Mela

Commonly known as 'Mahima Mela', it is celebrated at Joranda in Dhenkanal district on 'Magha Purnima' day.

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The karma is a famous autumn festival which starts from the eleventh day of the bright fortnight of the month of Bhadrab and continues for some days in the month of Ashwina.

Kartika Purnima

The whole month of 'Kartika' is considered to be the most sacred among all the twelve months of the year.

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Kedu is the most important festival of the 'Kondhs' of Phulbani, where they are largely concentrated.

Kumar Purnima

This festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the lunar month of Ashwina bring untold pleasure to the unmarried boys and girls.

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Observed with much pomp and ceremony in Dhenkanal town, it commences from the fullmoon day of Aswin and continues for a period f one week.
 

Lok Mahotsava

To bring the folk dances and music of Orissa to attention, the Lok Mahotsava is organized every year at Gangadhar Mandap in the town of Sambalpur for a episode of three days.

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Magha Saptami festival is great on the seventh day of the new moon of 'Magha'.
 

Mahashivaratri

The festival "Shiva's Great Night" falls on the 14th day of the dark half of Phalgun and is observed by devotees all over the country.

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The track of the Earth round the Sun is recognized as "Kranti Brutta" or the Circle of Movement.
 

Makar Mela

'Makar Sankranti' is celebrated with gusto in mid-January when the Sun enters the orbit of Capricorn.

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A widely practiced custom among the tribal as well as non-tribal population of Orissa is the offering of the first fruits to the deities, especially to the village deities. Paddy is the most significant crop which is measured as Goddess Lakshmi.

Nava Kalebra

Related to the car-festival, an important festival known as 'Nava Kalebara' is held once in every twelve to nineteen years according to the calculation of the year and date.

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Pana Samkranti or Chhatua Samkranti is celebrated to mark the first day of the astral month.

Prathamastami

Prathamashtami is one of the most popular festivals of Orissa, peculiar to the region.

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Puri, the abode of Lord Jagannath, is a wounderful beach resort for leisure tourists.

Raja Sankranti

Raja is one of the most popular festivals of Orissa, though it is not observed in western Orissa.

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The birthday of Lord Rama is observed as Rama Navami on the Ninth day of the light half of the month of Chaitra.

Rath Yatra

The most famous Orissan festival is of course the Ratha Yatra or Car Festival (June-July) which attracts pilgrims and visitors from all over the world.

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The 'Amavasya' (last day of the dark fortnight) in the month of 'Jyestha' is identified as "Savitri Amavasya" or "Savitri Brata".

Shamba Dasami

The festival is celebrated on the tenth day in the bright fortnight in pousha lunar month.

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The celebration of marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva with Parvati starts with the untying of the wedding knot of the divine couple.

Sume-Gelirak

The 'Bondas' of Koraput are an interesting primitive tribe. They live on hilltops and lead a secluded life. Their interaction with other tribes is very rare.

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The 'Taratarini Mela' one of Orissa's beggest fairs, talks place on every Tuesdays of the month of 'Chaitra' i.e. from around mid-March to mid-April at Taratarini Pitha -30 km from Berhampur.

Uda Parab

In some areas especially in Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts of Orissa of flying festival popularly known as "Uda Parab' is experiential.

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In India the months and years are counted on the basis of lunar or solar movements.

Viswakarma Puja

Vishwakarma is recognized as the divine engineer since the Puranic age.

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Described as a poem in stone, the Sun temple at Konark is the crowning glory of the temple architecture of Orissa.

Naukhia Festival

The most significant festival of western Orissa comprising the districts of Sambalpur, Bolangir, Sundargarh, Kalahandi and some areas of Phulbani, is "Nuakhia".

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To emphasize the cultural tradition of Orissa, Parab is organized every year in Koraput by the District Administration of Koraput

Khudurukuni Osa Festival

On the Sundays of the month of 'Bhadrab' or 'Bhadra' this festival is observed by the unmarried girls of the business community of the coastal districts of Orissa.

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The most popular and colourful festival of Konark, an occasion for a grand congregating of Indian pilgrims and enthusiasts from abroad, falls on the 7th day of the bright half of 'Magha'.

 

More Fair and Festivals in Orissa

>> Makara Sankranti

>> Akshaya Tritiya

>> Nabanna

>> Naukhia Festival

>> Ashokashtami

>> Parab Festival

>> Nava Kalebra

>> Bali Jatra Or Yatra

>> Pana Sankranti

>> Savitri Barta

>> Basanta Panchami

>> Prathamastami

>> Puri Beach Festival

>> Baseli Puja

>> Raja Sankranti

>> Ram Navami

>> Bija Pandu

>> Rath Yatra

>> Sume

>> Uda Parab

>> Chaiti Ghoda Nata

>> Shamba Dasami

>> Sital Shashti

>> Chaitra Praba

>> Taratarini Mela

>> Chandan Yatra

>> Visuva Samkranti

>> Viswakarma Puja

>> Chhadakhai Festival

>> Chitou Amavasya

>> Devsanana Purnima

>> Dhamu Samkranti

>> Dhanu Yatra

>> Dola Purnima

>> Durga Puja

>> Gahma Purnima

>> Ganesh Chaturthi

>> Garbhama Samkranti

>> Hingula Yatra

>> Janmashtami

>> Joranda Mela

>> Karama Festival

>> Kartika Purnima

>> Kedu Festival

>> Khudurukuni Osa Festival

>> Konark Dance

>> Kumar Purnima

>> Lakshmi Puja

>> Lok Mahotsava

>> Magha Saptami

>> Maghe Parab

>> Mahashivaratri

>> Makar Mela  

 

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