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Kalinga Festival

 
With Vishwa Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda) in the backdrop at Dhauli, the Kalinga Mahotsav celebrates the victory of peace over war as martial dance performers enchant the tourists.

With their spellbinding timings and precise movements over two days. The festival commemorates the famous heart change of Mauryan Emperor Ashoka upon conquering the bloodiest battles of India for the kingdom of Kalinga.

Rescued from oblivion by the Buddhist saint Upagupta, Ashoka realized the futility of power that came from the sword and adopted a journey to enlightenment. The festival thus in a way celebrates the teachings of Buddhism and pays its heartfelt tribute to its philosophy.
 
Also known as Boita-Bandana festival, Bali yatra witnesses people gathering near river banks or sea shores to float miniature boats (boita) as a symbolic gesture that they will leave for faraway islands of Bali, Java, Sumatra, Borneo and Ceylon (Srilanka) to which their ancestors once sailed.

Celebrated in October-November for five consecutive days before the full moon to memorize the maritime legacy of Orissa, Bali yatra also marks the culmination of all religious festivities held during the month of Karthik.
 
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