Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is celebrated on the occasion of uttarayan  (northward journey) of the Sun-god. A special semi-liquid preparation called Makara Chaula is offered to the god as prasad and distributed among … Continue Reading →


Sri Panchami

This day students seek the blessings of Devi Saraswati – the goddess of arts and learning. Puja is performed before the image of the goddess  and students observe fast till … Continue Reading →


Mahashivaratri

It is the day of Lord Shiva’s appearance in the universe. To celebrate the occasion devotees of Lord Shiva perform puja in temples during the day. There is a custom … Continue Reading →


Phagu Dasami (15 mar)

Phagu Dasami is also known as Fagu Dasami.This is the celebration of romantic union of Radha and Krishna. Beginning this day images of both Radha and Krishna are placed on … Continue Reading →


Dola Purnima

This is the concluding day of six-day long worship of Radha and Krishna, which starts on Phagu Dasami. It is celebrated on the full moon day in the Odia month … Continue Reading →


Rama Navami

As in the rest of India, Rama Navami is also celebrated throughout Odisha as the birth day of Lord Rama. It is also the celebration of his wedding with goddess … Continue Reading →


Maha Vishuba Sankranti

It is also known as Mesha Sankranti. It is on this day that Sun enters the sign Libra. The Odia community celebrates New year on the occasion. A sweet concoction … Continue Reading →


Chaitra Purnima

A month-long puja of goddess Mangala begins this day (usually on  all Tuesdays of the month). Fishermen worship their fishing net, boat and the waters seeking blessings of the almighty … Continue Reading →


Akhaya Trutiya

It is the day when farmers auspiciously begin sowing paddy seeds in their fields. This is also known as ‘muthi anukula’. The process of construction of the grand chariot of … Continue Reading →


Sudasha Brata (6 oct)

Sudasha Brata is a unique ritual observed in Orissa. When there is a rare combination of Shukla Paksha, Thursday and Dasami in Oriya Calendar Sudash Brata is observed. Sudasa Brata … Continue Reading →