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Fairs & Festivals  of Odisha (Orissa)

 

 

Makar Mela (January), Magha Mela (Jan-Feb), Dola or Holi (March-April), Taratarini Mela, Ashokastami, Chaitra Parba, Sitalasasthi, Rath Yatra, Beach Festival, Bali Yatra, Konark Festival, Rajrani Festival, Bhuvaneswar (January) and the Dhanu Yatra are the important festivals celebrated in Orissa.

Ashokastami

It is the Car Festival of Lord Lingaraj at Bhubaneshwar, held in the month of Chaitra.

Bali Yatra

It is held at Cuttack in the months of November-December to commemorate the glorious past of commercial voyages to the islands of Bali, Java and Sumatra by Orissan traders.

Dhanu Yatra

Dhanu Yatra relating to the episode of Lord Krishna's visit to Mathura to witness the ceremony of 'Bow' is colourfully observed at the town of Bargah in the months of December-January.

Magha Mela

It is a popular festival of Konark that falls on the 7th day of the bright half of 'Magha'.

Sitalasasthi

It is the celebration of marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva with Parvati and it takes place in the month of May-June.

Taratarini Mela

It is one of Orissa's biggest fairs that takes place in the month of Chaitra(March-April) at Taratarini Pitha, about 30 km from Berhampur. 


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