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Maha Shivratri
Maha Shivratri at Lingaraj temple: Commissionerate Police issues traffic advisory

In view of heavy turnout of devotees at Lingaraj temple on the occasion of Maha Shivratri, the Commissionerate Police has clamped traffic restrictions and issued an advisory in this regard.

Maha Shivratri
Maha Shivratri: Devotees throng Shiva temples across Odisha to offer special prayers

In view of the heavy rush of devotees, temple administrations in the state have made special provisions including mandaps where the devotees can offer their prayers and perform rituals.

  • Saturday, 18 February 2023
Dhabaleswar Temple
Maha Shivratri 2023: Large turnout expected at major Shiva shrines in Odisha

Aiming for a smooth conduct of Shivratri in Bhubaneswar, the Commissionerate Police has decided to deploy 32 platoons of police force near Lingaraj Temple on Saturday.

  • Friday, 17 February 2023
This Shiva temple opens doors to devotees once a year, on Maha Shivratri
This Shiva temple opens doors to devotees once a year, on Maha Shivratri

There is a temple in Rajasthan’s Jaipur whose doors open to devotees once a year. And the occasion is Maha Shivratri. Because of this, devotees have a special craving to have a darshan of the lord on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri.

  • Friday, 17 February 2023
Holy Pankodhar ritual held at Shree Lokanath temple in Puri
Holy Pankodhar ritual held at Shree Lokanath temple in Puri

Thousands of devotees thronged Shree Lokanath temple to pay obeisance to Lord Shiva, the sitting deity of this 11th-century shrine. 

Lord Lingarajs Sital Sasthi Jatra cancelled
Maha Shivratri 2023: Mahadeepa to be lifted atop Lord Lingaraj temple at 10 pm

The mahadeepa of Lord Lingaraj will be raised atop the temple at around 10 pm on Maha Shivratri. A decision in this regard was taken during a preparatory meeting held on Tuesday.

Odisha man who married wheelchair-bound ladylove recalls struggles on Valenti
True love never fails! Odisha man who married wheelchair-bound ladylove recalls struggles on Valentine’s Day

On this Valentine’s Day, the couple walked down the memory lane and remembered their incredible love story that weathered through all ups and downs in life.

Dhauli Kalinga Mahotsav
Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav: Scintillating dance, martial arts performance at Dhalui foothills

Several classical dances, martial art forms, and folk performances on the foothills of Dhauli were the centre of attraction at the 19th edition of Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav-2023 in Bhubaneswar this week. The programme was hosted jointly by the State Culture and Tourism Department and Odisha Dance Academy. Launched in 2003 as two separate festivals, they were merged in 2013 to be conducted as an event to celebrate peace and harmony through music and dance.

  • Sunday, 12 February 2023
A Youth At A Gift Shop
Gifting business booms as couples celebrate Valentine’s week with ‘Love’

Be it the Teddy day or Chocolate day or Promise day, the week before the Valentine’s Day on February 14 generally witnesses love struck youths buying gifts for their loved ones.

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Valentine's Day coffee recipes that are incredibly romantic and easy to make

Even though we celebrate love every day, make this Valentine's Day extra special by being especially loving and appreciative of your loved ones.

Shambhavi Puraskar
Anti-drug activist Dr. Md. Imran Ali to receive prestigious Shambhavi Award for 2023

Ali has dedicated himself to the cause of de-addiction, and several campaigns like Answer To Cancer, Drugs Free Childhood, Mission On Wheels (for differently-abled persons) etc.

  • Wednesday, 08 February 2023
World Cancer Day 2023: Awareness is the key to this preventable disease

This year's World Cancer Day's theme, “Close the Care Gap”, is all about celebrating progress in its many forms that enable more people to seek and receive the care they need and deserve.

  • Saturday, 04 February 2023
  • Cancer
Mahima Temple In Joranda
World famous Joranda Magha Mela kicks off in Odisha

The two-day-long festival of the Mahima sadhus is expected to see a huge rush of visitors and devotees as it is being held after a Covid-induced gap of two years.

  • Saturday, 04 February 2023
OTV Cares
'OTV Cares' launches initiative to make women self-reliant; check registration details

The only qualification required is that one should have completed matriculation and should be from a poor financial background.

Devotees Observe Magha Saptami At Chandrabhaga Beach
A sight to behold! Millions of devotees take holy dip at Chandrabhaga on Magha Saptami

The presiding deities of Konark, Lord Tribeniswara, Lord Aisaneswara and Lord Dakhineswara were taken out on a grand procession to the Tirtha Mandap at Chandrabhaga on the auspicious occasion following which the devotees took the holy dip at 4:41am.

  • Saturday, 28 January 2023