Savitri Brata

It is observed by all married women for the well-being of their husbands. Women performing the puja have to observe fast (eating only fruits and soaked raw mung dal during … Continue Reading →

Shitala Sasthi (7 jun)

Shitala Sasthi festival is especially celebrated in Brahmin communities of Orissa. It is the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.To beget a child this vow is observed on the … Continue Reading →


During this three-day period of Raja, women get their right to rest and enjoyment. They are not supposed to work during these days. It is believed that Mother Earth undergoes … Continue Reading →

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Ratha Yatra

Lord Jagannath along with his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra  comes out of the precincts of his temple in Puri for a visit to his aunt’s place at Gundicha Mandir … Continue Reading →

Bahuda Yatra

It is the day of return journey of Lord Jagannath from the Gundicha Mandir. It is celebrated with the same pomp and gaiety as that of Ratha Yatra.

Chitalagi Amabasya (30 jul)

Chitalagi Amabasya is also known as Chitau Amabasya Chitalagi Amabasya is celebrated on the new moon day of the lunar month of Shravana. A special type of rice cake called ‘chitau’ … Continue Reading →

Gamha Purnima (Rakhi)

The practice of tying rakhis on the wrists of brothers this day is only a recent phenomenon  in the Odia community  as imitated from the north Indian communities. Originally in … Continue Reading →

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturhi is observed by the Oriya community for invoking the blessings of Lord Ganesha as is the custom among  other communities in India. Students observe fasting in the day … Continue Reading →


It is celebrated as a way of thanks giving to Mother Earth. Celebrated especially in western orissa on a predetermined day in the Oriya month of Bhadrab it features partaking … Continue Reading →


As in other states in India, Dasahara  also marks the end of four-day long Durga puja celebrations in Orissa. On this day the valedictory puja of Devi Durga is done, … Continue Reading →