Festivals & Events Updates

Kendrapara Rath Yatra Case In Orissa High Court
Kendrapara Baladevjew Rath Yatra Demand Reaches Orissa High Court

A petition has been filed in the Orissa High Court seeking permission for conducting the famous Rath Yatra of Sidhha Baladevjew in Kendrapara in the lines of the festival at Puri Shree Jagannath Temple.

Baladevjew Rath Yatra At Tulasi Kshetra
BJP Urges Govt To Permit Baladevjew Rath Yatra At Tulasi Kshetra

The Kendrapara district unit of BJP on Friday requested Odisha government and the Centre to take necessary steps to allow the conduct of the upcoming Rath Yatra dedicated to the Siddha Baladevjew in Kendrapara in the lines of the organisation of the festival at Puri Srimandir.

Ratha Jatra Holy Trinity chariot chariot
Rath Yatra 2021: Holy Trinity's Chariot Construction

The construction of three gigantic chariots for Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra, the annual car festival of the Holy Trinity scheduled to be held on July 12, is underway in Puri in full swing. The construction work is being carried out at the 'Ratha Khala' (traditional temple workshop) located on both sides of Bada Danda (Grand Road) in front of the Jagannath temple office and the Sri Nahar palace. The Jagannath temple office said that fixing of 'Kantaa' in the 'Pancha Dandaa', fitting of 'Garagara' and fixing of 4 Nahaka' in the chariots at the Ratha Khala is already complete. The making of 4 Potala Khambi', 2 'Saala' and 7 'Jokha' for Prathama Bhuin of the chariots is also being done.

Puri Rath Yatra 2021:
Four-Stage Covid Test For Sevayats Before Participation In Puri Rath Yatra

The testing will be done at four stages --before Snana Yatra, before Gundicha Yatra, before Bahuda Yatra and lastly, 15 days after Niladri Bije.

Rath Yatra 2021: Entry Points Of Puri To Be Sealed For Snana Purnima
Rath Yatra 2021: Entry Points Of Puri To Be Sealed For Snana Purnima

Puri will be divided into 7 zones and special arrangements are being made to ensure that the Sevayats are not hassled during the conduct of the Snana Yatra rituals.

Puri Jagannath Temple: No Darshan Till July 25, Snana Purnima Sans Devotees
Puri Jagannath Temple: No Darshan Till July 25, Snana Purnima Sans Devotees

Even as the Odisha government has announced partial unlock measures in the State after decline in cases of Covid, the Puri Jagannath Temple will remain out of bounds for the public till July 25.

ASI Plans Better Illumination Of Puri Srimandir
ASI Plans Puri Jagannath Temple Illumination Project

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has planned for a illumination project to enhance the beauty of the Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri even more. A technical team of the ASI on Tuesday toured the Srimandir and reviewed the detail arrangements for installing better light system in and around the main temple.

Different Versions of Poda Pitha
Poda Pitha: The Essence Of Raja Festival

Poda Pitha is a unique and authentic dish of Odia tradition which is especially made during the Raja Festival. It is said Poda Pitha is the essence of Raj Fesitval and without it, the festival is tasteless and colourless. There are many variations of poda pitha and every Odia household has a unique recipe of its own.

Young girls play swing at their homes in Bhubaneswar.
Colours Of Raja In The Shadow Of Pandemic

It is this time of the year when unmarried girls don new clothes, makeup, mehendi and take to swings while merrymaking with friends. Raja Parba is a three-day festival to celebrate womanhood. Raja is a mass festival but due to the ongoing second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, people in the State this year have preferred to celebrate at their homes with their dear and near ones. Let's take a tour across Odisha to find out how people are celebrating the festival while keeping with the pandemic protocol.

Raja Festival: Celebration Of Menstruation and Womanhood
Raja Festival: Celebration Of Menstruation and Womanhood

This festival of Odisha is celebrated for three days and this year Raja Parba is being celebrated from June 14 to June 16. The specialty of this festival is that women are accorded due respect and the festival is a reminder to consider periods or menstruation not a dirt but to be revered celebrated.

Raja celebrations in Odisha
In PICS: Colours of Raja In The Shadow Of Pandemic

It is believed, that both go through menstrual periods during the time and so festivities are marked to celebrate the occasion.

Odisha: Murals in Puri's Raghurajpur village
Welcome To Raghurajpur: Murals In Puri's Heritage Village A Visual Treat For All

Once the tourism sector in Odisha revives after the Covid pandemic, a visual treat would greet the tourists when they step into Raghurajpur, the heritage village of Puri. Amidst a raging pandemic that has drawn curtains on the livelihood of the artists, Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi in collaboration with the state culture department came up with an innovative idea and organised a traditional Mural camp (pattachitra) at Raghurajpur from June 9 to 13, 2021. Families of as many as 150 artisans participated in this camp by painting the walls and the front portion of their own houses. The Akademi will provide Rs 10,000 remuneration to each family while five best works would receive awards, informed Akademi president and acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik.

Pitha On Wheels
OTDC Launches 'Pitha On Wheels' For Raja Festival Amid Covid Pandemic

The second wave of Covid-19 has dampened the spirit of Raja festival in Odisha. With the three-day festival starting on Monday, people have no scope to enjoy the festival outdoors as mostly they will be confined inside their houses due to Covid-19 induced lockdown

Rath Yatra
Baripada Residents, Servitors Urge Odisha Govt To Allow Rath Yatra Sans Devotees

The decision of the Odisha Government to allow Rath Yatra only in Puri sans devotees in view of the second wave of the Covid-19 has not gone down well with the servitors of the Baripada Jagannath temple and the residents here

Puri Rath Yatra Without Devotees
Rath Yatra Banned At All Places In Odisha Except Puri

In the wake of the second wave of the Covid-19, Odisha government on Thursday decided to ban the much-awaited annual RathYatra festival dedicated to Lord Jagannath at all places in the State except Puri, the prime abode of the Lord.

Rath Yatra: Chaka Dera Ritual  In Puri
Odisha: Chaka Dera Ritual Completed In Puri For Rath Yatra

Ahead of the world-famous Rath Yatra this year, the most-awaited ritual of the Chaka Dera was conducted amid the chants of Jai Jagannath and Hari Bola in presence of servitors on Bada Danda. However, the public was not allowed to participate in the observance of the niti in view of the prevailing pandemic situation.

Puri Rath Yatra Chariot Construction
Rath Yatra: Covid Hits Several Servitors, Chariot Constructors Anxious

Several servitors engaged in the construction of chariots for the world-famous Rath Yatra in the pilgrim town have tested positive for Covid-19 triggering anxiety among the carpenter community over the smooth conduct of the Rath carving works. 

ratha khala
Rath Yatra 2021: Tumba Construction Of Chariots Underway At Puri Ratha Khala Amid Covid Protocols

The construction of chariots for the Holy Trinity’s annual Rath Yatra in Puri is going on in full swing with the traditional carpenters (Maharana Sevayats) carving out the Tumba (circular axles of wheels) of three chariots on the Ratha Khala.

Akshaya Tritiya in Odisha
Akshaya Tritiya Marks Initiation Of Season's Agriculture Works, Chandan Yatra & Rath Construction

The Akhi Muthi Anukula rituals were observed in adherence to Covid protocols by the farming communities across Odisha today marking the initiation of this season agricultural activities.

Puri SP
Section 144 Around Narendra Pushkarini, SJTA Office During Chandan Yatra

In the backdrop of the unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases, the Puri district administration has decided to issue prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC barring gathering around the Narendra Puhskarini and Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) office during the upcoming Chandan Yatra

Chandan Yatra
21-Day Curfew Near Narendra Puskarini For Chandan Yatra Of Lord Jagannath

Prohibitory orders will be slapped at Narendra Puskarini for the upcoming Chandan Yatra of Lord Jagannath as the mega event will be held without the presence of devotees and pilgrims this year too due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Chandan Yatra
Chandan Yatra Observance Under Section 144, Festival To Be Live Telecast

One of the most famous festivals associated with Lord Jagannath, the Chandan Yatra will be observed this year without the participation of devotees. Puri district Collector Samarth Verma made the major announcement after a crucial Chhattisa Nijog meeting today.

Mo Maa - Mother's Day Special
Mo 'Maa' - The Word That Is Forever Music To Ears

When words fall short, music comes to the rescue. On the special occasion of Mother's Day, here's a small tribute to mothers and motherhood - MO MAA - Odisha Television Network's special dedication to all the mothers in this universe and beyond.

COVID Era: Couple Ties Knot In PPE Kits; Infected Groom Likely To Face Music For Norms Violation
COVID Era: Couple Ties Knot In PPE Kits; Infected Groom Likely To Face Music For Norms Violation

Ratlam (MP): While most people spend lakhs on their wedding attire, a couple in Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam district tied the knot wearing PPE kits after the groom tested positive for…

COVID Era: Bride Dons PPE Kit To Marry COVID Positive Groom In Hospital
COVID Era: Bride Dons PPE Kit To Marry COVID Positive Groom In Hospital

Alappuzha (Kerala): Time and tide wait for none, not even coronavirus. And this prompted Abhirami to don her PPE kit instead of the traditional bridal wear and tie the nuptial…