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Tag: Raja Festival

Shops Sealed
5 Shops Sealed In Bhubaneswar For Flouting Covid-19 Norms

At least five shops opened on the occasion of Raja festival in violation of Covid-19 restrictions, were sealed in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

Different Versions of Poda Pitha
Poda Pitha: The Essence Of Raja Festival

Poda Pitha is a unique and authentic dish of Odia tradition which is especially made during the Raja Festival. It is said Poda Pitha is the essence of Raj Fesitval and without it, the festival is tasteless and colourless. There are many variations of poda pitha and every Odia household has a unique recipe of its own.

Young girls play swing at their homes in Bhubaneswar.
Colours Of Raja In The Shadow Of Pandemic

It is this time of the year when unmarried girls don new clothes, makeup, mehendi and take to swings while merrymaking with friends. Raja Parba is a three-day festival to celebrate womanhood. Raja is a mass festival but due to the ongoing second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, people in the State this year have preferred to celebrate at their homes with their dear and near ones. Let's take a tour across Odisha to find out how people are celebrating the festival while keeping with the pandemic protocol.

Pitha On Wheels
OTDC Launches 'Pitha On Wheels' For Raja Festival Amid Covid Pandemic

The second wave of Covid-19 has dampened the spirit of Raja festival in Odisha. With the three-day festival starting on Monday, people have no scope to enjoy the festival outdoors as mostly they will be confined inside their houses due to Covid-19 induced lockdown

Youth Hacked To Death
Four 'Murders' On Pahili Raja Shake Odisha

Bhubaneswar: On the first day of Raja when people are celebrating the festival with their loved ones by staying indoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reports of as many as four ‘murders’ in a span of 24 hours have sent shivers down the spine of people in the State. A youth was reportedly shot dead […]

COVID-19 Norm Violation: Market Building Sealed In Bhubaneswar After Raja Rush

Bhubaneswar: A day after sealing several prominent shops, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials on Friday sealed the city’s major commercial complex – The Market Building at Unit-2, in a crackdown against COVID-19 norm violation. As per official sources, the decision to seal the market building was taken following a huge turnout of shoppers ahead of […]

'Odisha COVID-19 Cases Doubled, Recoveries Trebled In 17 Days'

Bhubaneswar: With Raja festival round the corner, Odisha government on Thursday advised people to exercise caution and avoid gathering during celebrations in view of the current COVID-19 situation in the State. Odisha government spokesperson, Subroto Bagchi today informed that the government has relaxed shutdown on June 12 with night curfew beginning at 10PM instead of […]

night curfew relaxed for Raja shopping
Raja Celebrations: Odisha Govt Relaxes Night-Curfew Till 10 PM On June 12

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Thursday announced to relax the night curfew imposed in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak from 7 pm to 10 pm on June 12, giving a bit of cheer to people of the State ahead of the annual Raja celebrations beginning June 14. Special Relief Commissioner of the State, Pradip Jena in […]

Three-day Raja festival concludes today

Bhubaneswar: After two days of festivities, the unique three-day festival of Raja that celebrates womanhood will conclude today. During the festival, young girls and women were seen wearing new attires, playing on the swings and savouring delicious pithas. The festival has deeper connotations that reflect the strong correlation of mankind with mother nature and helps […]

On Raja Parba, Keonjhar SP's Surprise Brings Smiles To Police Families

Keonjhar: A study carried out by Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPRD) reveals that around 90 per cent of police personnel are overworked with work time exceeding eight hours while 73 per cent hardly get a week off and are even called for emergency services, be it holidays or festivals. The whole country enjoys […]

Odisha’s own Raja Parba that celebrates womanhood, kicks off with Pahili Raja

Bhubaneswar: The three-day Raja Parba, Odisha’s traditional festival celebrating womanhood, kicked off with much fanfare and enthusiasm across the State on occasion of the Pahili Raja today. Also termed as the festival of harvest, the celebration of Raja, is necessarily meant to give rest to woman and mother earth as a mark of adulation for […]

A Puri village celebrates Raja ‘Kandhei Bahaghara’ way

Puri: When the entire State is celebrating Raja festival, which marks menstruation of Mother Earth, with mouth-watering Pithas, swings and special paans, residents of Kundeswar village in Puri district have their own unique tradition to mark the three-day extravaganza. As per their tradition, young girls and women of Kundeswar village performed Kandhei Bahaghara (doll marriage) […]

Paan, an integral part of Raja festival

Bhubaneswar: The three-day Raja festival cannot be complete without the paan, the mouth freshener in its sweet form. Though an addiction for many, the betel leaf freshener wrapping many ingredients, is much sought after particularly during Raja. In Odisha, paan shops are found in aplenty but there are a few who specialise in Raja Paan […]

Doll wedding during Raja festival in Puri

Puri: Kandhei Bahaghara (Doll marriage) was performed on the occasion of Raja festival at Kundeshwar village in Kakatpur of Puri district today. Two dolls were decorated as bride and groom as per tradition. A marriage procession of the two dolls was held in the village after which the marriage was solemnised as per the Vedic […]

Raja Festival : Odisha’s unique fest to raise toast to womanhood & Nature

Bhubaneswar: Raja as a festival holds much deeper significance than just an occasion to wear new and eat good. Like all other festivals in Odisha which have always been in sync with nature, Raja festival has deeper connotations that reflect the strong correlation of mankind with mother nature and helps build a value system. Since […]

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Teasers of 'Sister Sridevi', 'Abhaya' released

Bhubaneswar:  Teasers of Tarang Cine Production’s much-awaited Odia movies–Sister Sridevi and Abhaya were released today. Both the films, from the same stable, are set to hit the theaters together on Raja festival. With a catchy and unique title Sister Sridevi is expected to win audiences heart with a surprise package of chocolate boy Babushan Mohanty […]

Tarang gets set to entertain audience with 2 movies this Raja

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: Here’s some good news for Odia movie lovers. Tarang Cine Productions, the leading movie maker of the State, will be coming up with two high voltage Odia flicks during upcoming Raja festival. The mahurat of ‘Sister Sridevi’ starring Babushan and debutant Shibani was held at Gadgadia temple in Cuttack, in presence of the crew […]