Festival of Odisha

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Puri Chariot Festival / Puri Rath Yatra: 22nd June 2020


The most awaited festival of Rath Yatra or Car Festival Puri commences on the 22nd June 2020 & return Car Festival or Baahuda Jatra falls on 30th June. This also known as Chariot Festival or Car Festival. The celebration of this day starts much earlier that comprises the construction & decoration of the Raths or Chariot by numerous devotees & Volunteers. The three chariots that are the highlights of the entire Yatra are pulled by strings. The chariot of Lord Jagannath which is 45.6 feet high, comprises 18 wheels & is referred as Nandighosa, Balabhadra's chariot is made 45 feet high with 16 wheels is called Taladhvaja, the chariot of Devi Subhadra know as devadalana has 14 wheels & is 44.6 feet high. All these chariots are decored with various design & colors by the artists of Puri that showcases their enthusiasm for the yatra.


Konark Dance Festival: 1st Dec to 5th Dec 2020


Konark Festival, organized by Orissa Tourism, features a range of classical Odissi, Bharathnatyam, Manipuri, Kathak and Chau dance performances. Added attractions are an exhibition of Orissan temple sculptures, International sand art exhibition, and crafts fair. The festival has been taking place since 1989.


Mukteswar Dance Festival: Bhubaneswar Time: 14th Jan to 16 Jan 2020


Mukteswar Temple is Bhubaneswar, famous for its elegantly carved arched gateway is considered as one of the finest example of Odishan architecture. The complex of this legendary temple serves as the venue of the Mukteswar Dance Festival. This festival celebrates the unrivaled charisma of Odissi, the classical dance form of Orissa. Star Odissi dancers tapping their feet to the strokes of the accompanying instruments like mardal mesmerize the audience with their classic attire and graceful movements. Solo, duet & group performances by these dancers, their Abhinaya, Bhangi & Mudra give the onlookers a transcendental experience.


Rajarani Music Festival: Bhubaneswar Time: 18th Jan to 20 Jan 2020


The people of Orissa have always expressed their quest for creativity in any and every form. The Rajarani Music Festival held in the beautiful courtyard of the Rajarani Temple in Bhubaneswar is one such occasion to celebrate the richness and originality of Indian classical music. Evening concerts by great maestros of Indian Classical music fill the air with enchanting chimes. When these experts play on their musical instruments the listeners get captivated by the soul-lifting music.


Aadivasi Melaa: Bhubaneswar: 26th Jan to 9th Feb 2020


The Tribal Exhibition & festival is organized every year in the Adivasi Exhibition ground, situated in the heart of Bhubaneswar. This is considered as the oldest & the most colorful festival of the tribal people where all the 62 tribes people including 13 PVTG come over to the exhibition ground & spread out their ethnic culture & diverse livelihood.The festival is open to all for 15 days.


Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav: Bhubaneswar Time: 6th to 8th Feb 2020


The Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav is hosted by the Odisha Dance Academy (ODA) and Art Vision. It combines martial dance, which celebrates the victory of peace over war, with classical and folk dances of the state. The festival's location is evocative. It's held in the hills alongside the historic Daya River, at the place where Emperor Ashok is believed to have fought the last battle of the Kalinga war before surrendering the sword and embracing Buddhism.


Parab Festival: Koraput Time: November & December every year


Parab tribal festival is known as “Festival of Festivals” is an annual cultural fiesta that showcases and glorifies the great culture and traditions inherited by various tribal communities in Odisha It is particularly held in the Koraput district, Odisha. Initiated in the year 1996 by the District council of Koraput, presently the festival is known for its rich cultural showcase. Many tribal groups can be seen exhibiting their art and crafts at the festival. There are numerous events like quiz shows, book fair, art exhibitions and seminars that are organized for the visitors and locals.


The evaluation report of 1992 determines that around 22% of the all out population of Odisha is contained the tribal communities. There are around 62 types of tribal community (Bagata, Baiga, Banjara Banjari, Bathudi, Bhottada, BhuiyaBhuyan, Bhumia, Bhumij, Bhunjia, Binjhal, Binjhia, Birhor, Bondo Poraja, Dal,Desua Bhumji, Dhurua, Didayi, Gadaba, Gandia, Ghara, Gond, Ho, Holva, Jatapu,Juang, Kandha aadivasi, Kawar, Kharia, Kharian, Kharwar, Kandha, Kisan, Kol,Kolha Lohar, Kol Loharas, Kolha, Koli, Malhar, Kondadora, Kora, Korua, Kotia,Koya, Kulis, Lodha, Madia, Mahali, Mankidi, Mankirdia, Matya, Mirdhas, Munda,Mundari, Omanatya, Oraon, Parenga, Paroja, Pentia, Rajuar, Santal, Saora, Shabar, Lodha, Sounti, Tharua, Juang) present in Odisha. These tribes for a long time have been safeguarding there unmistakable culture as far as food, lifestyle, get up and festivals. They are very close to the nature from a very long period so now they have been dependent on them for their survival. They are accepted to be religious minded communities and praise some exceptionally lively festivals through the year.


Parab Tribal Festival is a yearly festival that is normally organized in the Koraput district of Odisha in November or December. It was started in the year 1996 and all the credit for organizing the festival goes to the area committee of Koraput. It gives an opportunity to local people just as the travelers to get looks at the rich culture heritage of the different tribes occupying the amazing state of Odisha.


It praises the rich tribal heritage of Orissa and it acquires the different features of their traditions and customs in types of their dance, music, sports and handicrafts. The festival also witnesses a huge number of members approx. 50000 in numbers assembling in Koraput to show their amazing talent. The great festival takes you through the terrific ancestral tribal culture of Koraput,their daring games like watercraft hustling, mountain trekking are the main highlights of the fair.


There are kabi samelans or poet gatherings for the literature lovers, artist camps displaying unique talents of the tribal artists, art exhibition to showcase the tribal handicrafts and handlooms, book fairs with the highlight of throwing light in to the dark worlds of the tribes, the fair brings in the work of the eminent writers about the life revolving around the various tribes present across the world and help throw a light on the otherwise dark world of these primitives.The mountain climbing expedition takes you to the highest range of Ora, the Deomalli Hills, while the quiz shows, essays and debate competitions present the talents hidden behind the school going adolescents. The tribal music and dance sets the moods of the evening. The festival has been instrumental in reviving many otherwise fading folk dances and music.


The festival not just gives unique opportunity to the people of different tribal communities to display their distinct culture but gets the tribals having a place with different communities to a similar stage. It offers them a chance to know each other and explore the different culture prevailing in Odisha. It's a great step towards making mindfulness among the different tribes about their indigenous culture and the requirement for their persistence.


Parab Tribal festival is extraordinary among every one of the festivals as it isn't intended for any community, it is a festival of all the tribes and a mind blowing presentation of their abilities and culture. The tourists get an amazing opportunity in the Parab Tribal Festival to interact with the tribes of Odisha. It presents you with their lifestyle and their rich culture. It also helps you to find the enormous ability hidden behind these innocent faces in types of their flawless handicraft work. Their music is loaded with crudeness and very close to the nature where they spent their entire lives. It gets very close to one's heart while their amazing dance moves hypnotize you with their charms.


The tourists can explore the Koraput District which is decorated by forests, waterfalls,terraced valleys and darting springs, the District draws the nature loving people. The District is bounded by Rayagada in the east, Bastar District of Chhatisgarh in the west and Malkangiri District in the south. To the extent the historical backdrop of the District is concerned, the area of Koraput existed far, thinking back to the third century BC when it had a place with the valiant and feared Atavika people. The region was ruled by a few dynasties, as Satavahans, Ikshvakus, Nalas, Ganga kings and kings of Suryavanshi, who selected the Koraput region before the arrival of British. Finally the Koraput turned into a District in the year 1936. There are various historical places to be visited in the Koraput District. Places like Gupteswar Temple, Jeypore, Sabara Srikhetra, Koraput Museum, Duduma waterfall, Kolab dam, Daman jodi, Jain Monastery, Maliguda are the places that are visited by lots of tourists round the year. 

Events: Parab Festival

1. Launching Ceremony of Parab.

2. Gram Panchayat Level Parab: (5 Days)

  • All Gram panchayat Level Parab

3. Block & ULB Level Parab: (8 Days)

  • Block and ULB level Parab
  • Carnival

4. District Level Competitions &Celebration: (11 Days)

  • Pathautsav
  • Boat Race
  • District Level Kabadi
  • District Level Quiz, Essay & Debate Competition
  • District Level Cultural Competition
  • District Level Football
  • District Level Volleyball
  • Kabita Asara
  • Mini Marathion
  • Intra District Badminton Tournament
  • District Level Art Competition- cum Art Exhibition
  • Main Celebration Cultural Program(3 Days)
  • ORMAS Pallishree Mela
  • Local Cultural Program

Note:

Given dates might change as per the Govt recommendations, contact us for more details.



Joranda Festival Denkanal, Odisha: 7th to 9th February 2020

Joranda Festival is one of the famous festivals held annuallyat Joranda, Dhenkanal district, Odisha on the full moon day of Hindu calendarmonth of Magha (Magha Purnima) which falls in the month January or February. Jorandais the centre of the Mahima dharma. The followers of mahima dharma worship him as SunyaBrahma or the shapeless lord. Mahima dharma originated insuch a manner in which there were no critical rituals of the Brahmanism. Italso does not believe in caste & creed. It believes that the Alekh theinscribable absolute is the only creator of the Universe.  A huge number of MahimaSanyasis (ascetics), devotees, monks, and pilgrims take part in Joranda Mela toworship Mahima Gosain's Samadhi Pitha (shrine) in Sunya Mandir (temple).

A Havan or Yagya is held in 'Yagna Kund' as a part of Jorand Mela. The Sadhus worship their supreme sadhus (who wear only lean tree bark on their lower part) at their monastery and offer holy fire. Atmosphere reverbs with the sound of 'Alekh Brahma' by devotees in rhythmic tone Prayers are made to bring harmony upon earth. It is only a mass prayer of monks for the welfare of the world, which goes for spreading the message of love and humanity in the name of Mahima Gosain, the founder of Mahima Dharma.

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