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Festivals

Hingula Yatra Festival of Odisha

Most of the festivals prevalent among the low-caste Hindus are either associated with the worship of Shakti or Shiva It is believed to...

Saraswati Puja – Basanta Panchami

The day marked for the propitiation of Saraswati, the Goddess of learning is known as Sripanchami or Basanta Panchami. The words 'Sree' and...

Nuakhai Festival of Odisha

The most important festival of western Odisha comprising the districts of Sambalpur, Bolangir, Sundargarh, Kalahandi and some areas of Phulbani, is Nuakhia. Generally...

Ashokastami Festival 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...

Makara Sankranti Festival of Odisha

The orbit of the Earth round the Sun is known as Kranti Brutta (Circle of Movement). It takes full one year for the...

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...

Akshyaya Trutiya

This is exclusively an agricultural festival held on the third day of the Hindu year. On this day the farmer ceremonially starts sowing...

Dolo Purnima – Holi Festival of Odisha

Dola Purnima or Holi is a popular festival in the coastal districts of Odisha. It is the full-moon day in the month of...

Durga Puja – Dussehra Festival of Odisha

The holy scriptures testify that on this day Rama killed Ravana and his victory was celebrated. Therefore, it is also called 'Vijaya Dasami'....

Deepavali – Kali Puja Festival of Odisha

The quiet month of Kartika climaxes on the Deepavali night in the festival of lamps. It is the last day of the dark...

Lakshmi Puja Festival of Odisha

With the harvest brought home the farmers feel greatly satisfied with the yield. After six months of toil in the field, they fill...

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...

Durga Puja Festival of Odisha

The cult of Shakti worship in Odisha is prevalent, both in the Tantric and non-Tantric forms, as can be realized from the festivals...

Maha Shivaratri Festival of Odisha

Every deity in the Hindu pantheon has a particular day dedicated to Him and that day is considered most sacred and auspicious to...