Fair & Festivals
Travel to Odisha in the most festive time with Orissa Tourism
Traveling to Odisha during the time of fairs and festivals is one of the most exciting things to do. Every year thousands of tourists flock when some festive time to become a part of it. Some of them also actively participate in these and perform on the stage. This place is not only fascinating but mesmerizing too. Tourists who travel to Odisha sees the creation of this place in every form. The fairs and festivals make this place appealing for the tourist as this describes the state’s identity and culture. These fairs and festivals in Orissa display a deep religious intense, and passionate feeling that will touch your heart. Unlike other states, in Odisha, the fair and festival are much more colorful and creative. You will be surprised to see the diversity of Odisha as it is a convergence of Aryan, Dravidian, and Adivasi cultures. People of every culture participate and show their cultural beliefs, art, and dance form in the fairs and festivals. These are inspired by the changing seasons, agricultural practices or are dedicated to various gods, goddesses, and folk deities.
Orissa Tourism has listed such fairs and festivals which you must visit and feel your heart and soul with extreme joy and happiness.
BALI JATRA: Bali Jatra, one of the biggest trade fairs of Odisha occurs in the Hindu month of Kartik (October – November), in the city of Cuttack, Odisha. The trade fair will continue for 8 days in which a massive amount of tourists visit. This is also known as Boita Bandana, which means “A Voyage to Bali”. The annual festival is celebrated from the day of Kartika Purnima as per Odia calendar. It is celebrated every year as a large open fair near Barabati Fort area where people come to visit and participate in several cultural programs, play games, and to eat at food stalls selling Odia delicacies. This popular festival of Odisha is celebrated on the day that is beginning of the full moon and continues for the next seven days at Gadagadia Ghat of the River Mahanadi. On this day people of Odisha worship the Lord Kartikeswar and take his blessing. This festival is also celebrated by the locals because when sailors of Odisha first took their boats on sailing to distant lands of Java, Bali, Borneo, Sri Lanka, and Sumatra to initially start their business internationally. Every year there is a beautiful boat staged in the entrance of Bali Jatra to honor the due occasion.
Durga Puja: Durga Puja is a popular festival in Odisha that is celebrated to worship the Goddess of Power and War. The Durga puja is celebrated to rejoice women’s power on earth. During this Hindu festival, devotees dedicate themselves to the Durga puja festival. This special festival continues for ten days where thousands of tourists come to visit different places in Odisha. This universal festival is celebrated in almost every district and city of Odisha. People visit the pandals to seek blessings and forgiveness from the goddess Durga. This day is also celebrated because of the destruction of evil over good which inspires people to walk on the right path and follow the good over evil. The present form of worship of goddess Durga with the earthen idol in Odisha started during the reign of Ganga King Chodaganga Dev in the 11th century at Puri. This earthen idol is prepared with soil and is decorated with gold, silver jewelry and garlands of flowers. Almost in every idol, you will notice that goddess Durga to kill Mahishasura for his evil act riding on a Lion. This famous festival is celebrated in two different ways in Odisha i.e, in Shakti Peethas and sarvajanik( public) pandals.
JAGANNATH RATHA YATRA (Puri): This is one the most awaited festival in Odisha. Every year millions of people travel to witness the Lord Jagannath, sister Devi Subhadra and older brother Lord Balabhadra. This occurs once in a year when the god and goddesses are escorted outside of the temple by a thousand followers. People of every religion are allowed here to see the god and goddess and touch and feel the blessing of them. Special chariots are prepared from months of hard work by the sculptures of Odisha to prepare the ride of their God. Every year Rath Yatra is celebrated in the sacred land of Puri. From the Jagannath Temple to the Gundicha Temple these wooden idols of the three deities, every year are taken in their respective Rath( Chariots). These idols are placed in their respective, decorative chariots, and are accompanied by chants and conches, which can be heard all around also telecasted worldwide over the television and radio stations. The entire temple is decorated with beautiful flowers to enhance its beauty. On the day of Sunabesha during rath yatra, Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra Devi are decorated with gold jewelry and diamonds and gems in their Mukut( Crown).
PURI BEACH FESTIVAL: The Puri Beach Festival is the beach festival is a delightful celebration for every tourist. It is celebrated annually in the coastal city of Puri in Orissa. It is held every year in November for about five days. This beach festival has gained popularity over several and has become an event attended by tourists from all over the country and overseas. It was first celebrated on 29th October 1993 and inaugurated by Late Biju Patnaik former chief minister of Odisha, and this has been continuing ever since. The festival has lots of entertaining events like cultural programs, dance shows, exhibitions, fashion shows, delicious cuisine, breathtaking sports, etc. It usually happens on the seashore. Tourist gets to enjoy the beach and the festival together with complete excitement and joy. It is an unmissable event as per several tourists prospect. The main goal of celebrating this festival is believed to make more people aware of Odisha and its culture. Many talented people across the globe come here to participate and some are come here to enjoy their vacation. Another major attraction on the beach is the “Sand Art” is carved on the heap of sand by many well-known artists increasing the value of this festival.