The nine-day annual sojourn of Lord Jagannath and His siblings ends today as deities will return to their abode in all glory and grandeur. Catch glimpses of Bahuda Yatra from the pilgrim town Puri.
Spirituality is at its peak on Bada Danda (Grand Road) in Puri as the sibling deities were ushered out of their abode in Pahandi Bije on Rath Yatra today. In the three colourful and gigantic chariots, the Trinity embarks on a nine day sojourn to their aunt's place - Gundicha temple.
The three gigantic chariots of Mahaprabhu Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra are decked up and ready outside Srimandir for their annual sojourn to Gundicha temple on Friday (July 1).
When it comes to cultivating the message of physical and mental well-being, Odisha is not behind. The theme of the International Day of Yoga 2022 is 'Yoga For Humanity'. Let's find out how Odisha is spreading the rich heritage and culture of the country on this day.
Yoga is India's gift to the world and the humanity. It is a holistic approach to health and well-being, balancing the mind, body and soul. Every year, June 21 is celebrated as International Yoga Day with people from all walks of life participating in different events organised in different parts of the country and the world. The day has been specially dedicated to spreading awareness about India's age-old practice of yoga.
Lord Jagannath's juggernaut is taking shape! Here are a few glimpses from Puri where chariot construction for the annual car festival is underway in full swing.
Raja Parba is a three-day unique festival celebrated in Odisha to raise a toast to womanhood and nature. To know more on celebration of the annual fest, take a quick glance at these pictures.
Every year on the occasion of Jyestha Purnima, sibling deities (Lord Balabhadra, Mahaprabhu Jagannath & Devi Subhadra) and Chakradhar Sudarsan, take a ceremonial bath with 108 pitchers of sacred water. After this holy bathing or Snana Yatra rituals, deities are decked up in Gajanana Besha. The Snana Yatra culminates after the Lords are taken to the 'Anasara Ghara' on Pahandi.
If millennium city Cuttack could give match-day feels during team India’s practice session, imagine the degree of craze and excitement among fans on the match day. Here are some glimpses from the Barabati Stadium ahead of the T20I encounter between India and South Africa.
Cancer claims millions of lives every year and is the second leading cause of death globally. In this valiant battle, Bollywood celebrities are no exceptions. While a few were consumed by the fatal disease, many of them overcame it to emerge as survivors.
Under the Smart Janpath project, the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) replaced iron grills with bamboo barricades along the medians in the stretch between Vani Vihar and Sishu Bhawan. But is this a smart move?
The 31st of May is observed as World No Tobacco Day across the world. Every year on this day, a global campaign is launched to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use.
A true marriage binds two souls, and only death parts them. Savitri Brata is a traditional ritual in Odisha observed by married Odia Hindu women who pray for long life of their husband. The legend says Sati Savitri fought with Yama and brought her dead husband Satyavan back to life.
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.