Could there be anything more delightful and exciting for the foodies in Odisha's capital city, than the reopening of the food hubs at Khao Gali? Yes, you heard that right! The makeshift food stalls at the Khao Gali, the famous 'Eat Street' near Ram Mandir in Bhubaneswar, have been allowed to reopen again after a brief lull, albeit with conditions.
The chariot wheels that will roll on Puri Bada Danda during the annual world famous car festival of Holy Trinity – Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra – are ready, with statues carved on them beautifully. Have a look.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday (May 18) inaugurated the revamped, renovated periphery of the famous Shakti Peetha of Maa Tara Tarini, the presiding deity of Ganjam district.
The construction work for three gigantic chariots of Holy Trinity – Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra – for the annual car festival in Puri is underway at the Ratha Khala (traditional workshop) and is expected to complete ahead of the schedule.
Excited for the 2023 Hockey Men's World Cup? The hockey cradle of India – Sundargarh district – is going global next year thanks to the initiative of making steel city of Odisha one of the host cities of the World Cup scheduled in January 2023. The state government is constructing country's largest hockey stadium in Rourkela for the biggest hockey festival. Take a look.
We often fail to perceive this but every day is a mother’s day. For, she is someone who constantly motivates us, shows us the right direction, and encourages us to reach new heights, without expecting anything in return. Today, the 8th of May, is a special day dedicated to all the mothers in this universe; time to salute the selfless givers.
The 3-week-long Chandan Jatra of Mahaprabhu Jagannath and His siblings kicked off on the auspicious occasion of Akshay Tritiya on Tuesday (on May 3). On the same day, began the Chandan Jatra of Lord Lingaraj in Bhubaneswar.
Akshay Tritiya is an Agrarian festival that marks the commencement of agricultural activities in the state. The festival is celebrated by performing 'Akhi Muthi Anukula', a ceremonial act of sowing seeds in paddy fields after ploughing.
The festive buzz is back after a gap of two years. A large number of people gathered at Jama Masjid in Bhubaneswar today (May 3) to offer special prayers, the Namaz of Eid.
Adivasi Mela and National Tribal Art and Craft Exhibition, the annual culture and trade fair in Bhubaneswar, is nearing culmination. The main objective of this yearly event is to promote and celebrate the traditions and handicraft of different tribes of India.
The 'Save Jagannath Temple' campaign is gathering steam with each passing day. Amid ongoing disputes over the Heritage Corridor project, Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi reached Puri today to take blessings of Lord Jagannath. Take a look at the events that unfolded during her visit to the pilgrim town.
Bhubaneswar witnessed chaotic scenes on Monday as thousands of drivers under the aegis of Odisha Drivers' Mahasangh gathered in the city seeking fulfilment of 11-point charter of demands.
It’s mid April and Odisha has already started to boil. Intense heat wave has swept across parts of Odisha with mercury remaining above 40 degree Celsius in as many as 15 places of the state on Saturday.
Danda Nacha or the Danda Jatra forms a rich folk and religious tradition of Ganjam district in Odisha. The 21-day festival of penance to appease Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali concludes every year on Maha Bishuba Sankranti. Know more about the festival as we take you through some pictures from the festival in Bhanjanagar of Ganjam.
‘Maryada Purushottam’ Lord Ram is revered as an ideal king, an obedient son, an affectionate brother and a role model in the truest sense. According to Hindu calendar, every year Ram Navami is celebrated on the ninth day of the Chaitra month, to commemorate the birth of Lord Ram.
After a two-year hiatus, Lord Lingaraj’s annual sojourn to Mausi Maa Temple (Rameswar Temple) was held with public participation. Odisha’s capital city Bhubaneswar celebrated Ashokastami on Saturday, as Rukuna Rath, the chariot of Lord Lingaraj, rolled on Mausi Maa temple road.
In the midst of a pandemic and increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, heart disease, WHO has put focus on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being. The theme for this year's World Health Day is ‘Our Planet, Our Health’. Here’s how sand animators and miniature artists from Odisha are spreading awareness.
The pan India strike called by the joint trade unions, backed by left parties, has hit common man hard. Road and rail services were severely affected due to protests launched against various policies of the central government.
Because every single drop counts. Every year on March 22, World Water Day is observed to raise awareness about the importance of water and educate people to conserve it. The prime focus is to support the achievement of UN's Sustainable Development Goal, which is to ensure safe water and sanitation for all by 2030. On World Water Day, let us collectively stop the over use, exploitation and wastage of every single drop of water.
Holi the 'Festival of Colours', is one of the most celebrated and revered Hindu festivals of India, that symbolises victory of good over evil. The festival is not just limited to colours and feast, it is also about family reunions, get-togethers in the neighbourhood, and celebrations with friends to spread joy.
Celebrations begin in Varanasi, Mathura and other other Indian cities for Holi, the festival of colours. In UP, festivities kicked off on the occasion of Rangbhari Ekadashi and will continue till the actual day of Holi. Enthusiastic devotees took part in the early celebrations as they danced in joy at Banke Bihari Temple and Shree Dwarikadhish Temple in Mathura.
Several Indian junior boxers, including Vini, Yakshika and Vidhi, put up brilliant performances to claim gold medals in their respective weight categories at the 2022 ASBC Asian Youth and Junior Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan. The Indian junior team finished their campaign in second position at the prestigious continental tournament bagging eight gold, seven silver and six bronze medals.
OTV’s 12th annual conclave ‘Foresight 2022 – Changing Times Changing Minds’ witnessed brainstorming sessions and power packed debates/discussions on several topics ranging from political and social issues, to economic and cultural scenario of the State and country. Foresight is Odisha's most premium forum where ideology gets blurred and focus solely zooms on all the topical issues confronted by state and nation. The focus of this year's OTV FORESIGHT was 'Covid: Winners And The Disadvantaged In The New World Order'.
The entire country dipped in devotion on the occasion of Maha Shivratri, a festival considered most auspicious because of the convergence of Shiva and Shakti. Take a sneak peek into Maha Shivratri celebrations at some famous Shiva temples as devotees gathered in large numbers to offer prayers and seek blessings of the divine Lord.
After Russia launched special military operations in Ukraine last week, the latter immediately closed its airspace as a security measure, as a result of which lakhs of people including Indians got stuck in war zones or were forced to flee the country. In view of the deteriorating situation, the Indian Government launched ‘Operation Ganga’ to bring back all Indian nationals stranded in the war-torn country. Also, the Union government decided to deploy four Cabinet Ministers as special envoys to facilitate repatriation of around 19,000 Indians stranded in Ukraine. As part of 'Operation Ganga' initiative, the GoI has so far brought back over 1000 Indian nationals from Ukraine safely.
President Ram Nath Kovind today (Feb 20) inaugurated the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Srila Prabhupada - the founder of Gaudiya Mission at the holy city of Puri. The President along with first lady Savita Kovind and other family members visited Puri Jagannath Temple on the first day of his two-day trip to pay obeisance to the Holy Trinity.
India’s most beautiful voice is gone. Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar passed away on Sunday (Feb 6) following a prolonged battle with life after developing post Covid complications. The ‘Nightingale of India’, the melody queen who has sung over 30,000 songs in different languages, has become quiet forever. But her melodies will continue to echo. her legacy will continue to live on, till eternity. Take a look at some of the sand arts sculpted as a mark of respect to the Bharat Ratna.
It’s time to bid adieu to the winters. Basant Panchami, which marks the arrival of spring season, was celebrated with much fervour across the country today. Basant Panchami is also the day people worship the goddess of knowledge, Maa Saraswati. Preparations for Holi also begin on this auspicious day in parts of India.
Over a 1000 'Made in India' drones, dazzling in different colours, lit up the sky in Delhi during the Beating Retreat Ceremony, which marks the formal conclusion of Republic Day celebrations. The audience was left spellbound by the stunning drone and laser projection mapping show displayed to commemorate 75 years of India's independence.
India's military might, cultural diversity and varied unique initiatives were on display in Delhi today as nation celebrated its 73rd Republic Day in an iconic way. The celebrations this year are special across the country as India is in the 75th year of Independence - being celebrated as 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav'.
A multi-layer security cover with facial recognition systems has been installed in Delhi ahead of the big day – 2022 Republic Day. Defence Ministry has said that due to COVID19 restrictions, the number of visitors will be substantially curtailed this year. Last year, 25000 visitors had taken part while this year the Ministry is looking forward to host 5000-8000 guests but nothing has been finalised as yet. Meanwhile, rehearsal for the R-Day Parade is underway in full swing. Contingents are leaving no stone unturned to make the celebrations grand and hassle-free. Here are the glimpses.
These children managing to overcome the challenges of snow in Jammu Kashmir to attend classes, is just so fantastic. Take a look at some of the pictures from snow-covered Barmulla as students defy all odds to continue with their offline classes during this pandemic.
Adding another feather in the cap of India’s vaccination drive, the much-awaited inoculation of teenagers in the 15-18 years age group kicked off across the country on Monday (January 3). About 42 lakh children in the age group were inoculated on the first day of Covid vaccination.
Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Christian community across the country celebrated Christmas with traditional fervour, pomp and enthusiasm. The festive spirit started with the midnight mass which was held in churches across states with senior bishops and priests delivering the Christmas message.
For hundreds of years, Odisha’s folk arts or folkdance have helped flourish the rich culture and heritage of the state. Traditional folk art is the identity, a gateway to the state, and has always been considered an inspiration for the future generations. Unfortunately, slowly and gradually, that identity had been fading away over the years. ‘Pratyabartan’ is a unique initiative aimed at restoring the glorious ancient traditions. A brainchild of Debadasi Dance Acedemy, the event in the last 10 years has given an opportunity to numerous folk artistes to resurrect and enliven the dying folk arts.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday inaugurated the longest bridge of Odisha on river Mahanadi. Built at a cost of Rs 111 crore, the 'T-Setu' of T’Bridge will enhance connectivity and immensely benefit people of Cuttack and Khordha districts.
With mercury continuing to plummet, several parts of Odisha are under the grip of an intense cold wave condition. The regional meteorological office in Bhubaneswar has forecast that the minimum temperature across the State is very likely to fall by 3 to 4°C over the next two to three days. The ‘Kashmir of Odisha', Daringbadi, in Kandhamal district emerged the coldest in the last 24 hours with the minimum temperature going down to 7.05 degrees Celsius while Phulbani recorded a minimum temperature of 9 degree Celsius. Here are some snaps of a chilly Friday morning from different parts of Odisha:
Cheers of ‘India, India’ reverberated Mumbai airport to welcome Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu as she waved the tricolour upon her return to her home country. The 21-year-old actor-model has made the entire country proud by bringing home the coveted crown after 21 long years.
The Mahatma Gandhi Marg in Bhubaneswar witnessed brutal aggression on Friday after a violent scuffle ensued between Chhatra Congress (NSUI) workers and police while the former was on way to gherao the Odisha Assembly. The activists had launched protest against state (Home) minister Dibya Shankar Mishra seeking his arrest and dismissal over alleged involvement in murder of lady teacher Mamita Meher.
BJP Yuva Morcha activists took out a massive rally in Bhubaneswar to gherao State Assembly demanding CBI probe and sacking of minister Dibya Shankar Mishra in connection with murder of lady teacher Mamita Meher. On the way, the activists scuffled with police after they were stopped from crossing the barricade. Such was the situation that police reportedly resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the agitators, but to no avail.
Generous - remaining true to its name, 'Jawad' not just spared Odisha but also left behind a magnificent makeover of the skies over Puri, the holy land of Lord Jagannath. After the cyclonic system crossed Puri coast as a depression Sunday evening, the skies were lit up in gold and crimson.