Vikash Sharma

The stage is all set for the historic Bali Yatra, the annual event which commemorates the rich maritime legacy of the mariners also called as the Sadhabas in Odisha.

The ancient Sadhabas would set sail to distant lands of Bali, as well as Java (at the time of the voyage known as "Yawadvipa"), Sumatra, Borneo (all in Indonesia), and Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) for trade and cultural expansion.

Every year Bali Yatra is organised along the banks of Mahanadi river in the millennium city of Cuttack. Apart from this, a major portion of the open fair is also organised near the Barabati Fort area, thus being referred as the largest fair in Asia.

It is after a gap of two years that Bali Yatra 2022 will be organised in a grand manner as the annual event was cancelled owing to the Covid-19 restrictions.

Bali Yatra Speciality

Bali Yatra offers a good business opportunity for traders, artisans as well as thousands of self-help groups who showcase their indigenous products. 

Various stalls selling electronics, delicious food and handcrafts from different parts of the state and country, house hold articles and others are the centre of attraction during the nine-day festival.

Food stalls selling Odia delicacies -Cuttack DahibaraAludum, Thunka puri, Kulfi, Gupchup, Mathura Cake, Banarasi Paan and others are also added attractions.

State-level Festival Tag

Bali Yatra had won the state-level festival tag in 2019 and as it is being held after a gap of two years due to Covid-19 pandemic, every possible step is being taken by the administration to make the event a grand success.

What To Expect From Bali Yatra 2022

The Cuttack district administration claims that every possible effort is being taken to promote ‘Clean and Green Bali Yatra.’
The visitors will be able to move freely inside venue as focus has been given this year on having multiple entry and exit points.
Provision for parking of vehicles is being made in nearly 40 acres of land.

New River Front Road

Nearly 1.5 km of road stretch from Cantonment Police station to Silver city boating club will be electrified. It will be a permanent addition and the residents can use it for morning walk apart from being a major entry point for the visitors during Bali Yatra.

New Sitting Arrangements

Around 400 trees on the Bali Yatra ground will be decorated and special pindis (concrete structures) and benches will be installed so that people can sit if they get tired while hopping from one stall to the other.

Special Enclosures

This year a special enclosure, “Cuttack in Cuttack” will be the centre of attraction during Bali Yatra

District administration officials informed that several landmarks of the millennium city including Orissa High Court, temple, gurudwara, church and mosque will be displayed.  Other prominent landmarks and structures in the district will also be displayed and daily quiz events will be organised to make students, children aware of the heritage.