Makar Sankranti

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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 one and all. (Makara Chaula is prepared by combining semi-pasted rice, milk, scrubbed coconut, banana, chopped cucumber, cottage cheese, sugar, ginger and black pepper – […]

Sri Panchami

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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 they make a floral offering (pushpanjali) to her.

Mahashivaratri

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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 of remaining awake throughout the night by chanting or listening to the hymns in praise of Lord Shiva.

Phagu Dasami (15 mar)

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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 a swing and are worshipped by smearing them with abhira (coloured powder).

Dola Purnima

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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 of Phaalguna. The colour festival of Holi is celebrated usually on the day following Dola Purnima.

Rama Navami

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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 Sita. Pujas are offered by visiting the temples of Lord Rama.

Maha Vishuba Sankranti

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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 known as pana is prepared and distributed among one and all. (Pana is prepared by mixing different types of fruits, water, milk, pulp of bela, […]

Chaitra Purnima

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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 for prosperity.

Akhaya Trutiya

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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 Lord Jagannath  for the occasion of Rath Yatra  also begins this day by following the prescribed rituals.

Sudasha Brata (6 oct)

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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 is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. Special Mahalaxmi puja is observed on the day. Sudasa Vrata is observed mainly by women for the wellbeing of the family. […]