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.