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  • Mahaprasad of the Mahaprabhu – “Chhapana Bhoga”

    “Sada rasa byanjana nana jaati
    Chhapana bhoga laage dina raati”


    The Jagannath Temple, Puri is known for the royal offering of Chhapana Bhoga (56 delicacies)
    to the deities Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra at different hours of the day.
    Puri Dham is one of the four hallowed shrines situated at the four corners of India. Lord Vishnu
    is believed to take bath in Rameswaram in the South, meditate in Badrinath in the North and
    dine at Puri before retiring at Dwarka in the western state of Gujarat. The kitchen of the

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  • Outstanding Odisha - Nature and Wildlife

    Odisha, a land more relevantly identified as a melting pot of culture, offers a tourist the essence of incredible India. From the magnetic charm of its natural beauty to the mesmerizing elegance of its wonderful architecture, Odisha stands out as a tourist haven. It can be called a paradise unexplored; blessed immensely with nature's bounties, this picturesque land offers many refreshing getaways.

    Nature’s Poetry-The The natural beauty of Odisha is simply beguiling and one has to experience it to believe. Flanked by a rich coastline stretching to a dista

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  • ମାଣବସା ଗୁରୁବାର - ସୁଖ, ସମୃଦ୍ଧି ଓ ଐଶ୍ୱର୍ଯ୍ୟର ପ୍ରତୀକ

    ସରିଛି ଧର୍ମ ମାସ କାର୍ତ୍ତିକ, ଆରମ୍ଭ ହୋଇଛି ମାର୍ଗଶୀର ମାସ । ଓଡିଆ ସଂସ୍କୃତିରେ ସୁଖ, ସମୃଦ୍ଧି ଓ ଐଶ୍ୱର୍ଯ୍ୟର ମାସ ହେଉଛି ମାର୍ଗଶୀର । ଓଡିଆ ସଂସ୍କୃତିରେ ମାର୍ଗଶୀର ମାସର ପ୍ରତି ଗୁରୁବାର ମାଣବସା ଓଷା ପାଳନ କରାଯାଇଥାଏ । ପ୍ରତିଟି ଓଡିଆ ଘରେ ଲିପା ପୋଛା କରି ଝୋଟି ପ

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  • The World of Pitha

    Odisha is a land of pitha. No Odia festival is complete without savoring a pitha, a sweet delicacy loved by both the young and the old. You can hardly find a home where the art of pitha making has not been mastered by at least one member of the family. And the variety of pithas that you find here far surpasses your expectations. In fact, the same pitha has a different taste in different households.

    Although there is no available anecdote on the origin of pithas in Odisha, yet one can find its mention as a delicacy in the menu of the kings and queens of yesteryears. It is also a we

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  • The auspicious month of Kartik and what it means to Odias

    Kartika month is considered to be highly auspicious for the Hindus. In the Eastern state of Odisha, the last five days of the month are termed as ‘Panchuka’ which holds a significant value for the people of Odisha. They are marked with consuming simple vegetarian foods. The common term used by the Odias for such plain food items is ‘Habisa.’  Not only Panchuka, the month of Kartika brings with it several other local festivals that hold tremendous importance for the people of Odisha.

    Puri becomes the destination for widows durin

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  • Theatre in Odisha And Anant Mahapatra

    Anant Mahapatra is the renaissance Man of Odia Theatre. 2019 onwards he is Dr Anant Mahapatra with an honorary doctorate conferred on him by Ravenshaw University, his alma mater. In India, awards probably indicate swansongs, but in Dr Mahapatra we find a livewire charging up every moment to innovate the theatre space in Odisha. He breathes drama. In the last six decades and more he has seen it all but not done it all, because his appetite is insatiable. New lighting techniques, subtitling of dialogues for non-Odia audience and adapting international storytelling is a routine experiment in h

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  • Deepavali : A Festival of Traditions, Memories and Joy

    Deepavali is the festival of lights, celebrated on the new moon day of Kartika month (Kartika Amavasya) all over India. Deepavali symbolises the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and light over darkness. Light is believed to be the metaphor for wisdom and enlightenment; hence, the houses and streets are lighted with diyas and lights. According to mythology, Deepavali is the day Lord Rama along with Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman reached Ayodhya after defeating the demon king Ravana's army. The festival is also associated with worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and p

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  • Explore the wonders of Nature through Bhitarkanika

    Odisha’s 450 km long coastline starting from Chandipur in the North to  Gopalpur in the South has a lot to offer: pristine beaches, scenic lakes, swamps, mangroves & wildlife sanctuaries attracting a multitude of migratory species of fauna from across the world. One such extraordinary place is Bhitarkanika in the Kendrapara district of Odisha. This unique eco-system is located in the estuarine region of rivers Brahmani- Baitarani in the north-eastern corner of the district. Owing to its diverse ecosystem, it was conferred the status of a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1975 an

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  • Stories from the bygone era- Khandagiri and Udaygiri

    Situated a few miles away from the capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar, the Udaygiri and Khandagiri caves are the main attractions on the map of Odisha Tourism.One of the oldest surviving caves in the country, they date back to somewhere between the 1st and 2nd century and bring you face to face with the Jain ascetics of the ancient era. The caves are believed to have been carved out during the reign of King Kharavela and were initially created to serve as residential cells for Jain monks. The mute bystanders of various tales of the glorious history, these caves are also an abode to numerou

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  • Julie 222

    Akshaya Mohanty – Khoka Bhai - the icon, symbolises seamless creativity and rooted modernism. The original and unorthodox creator of music and literature in Orissa who dared to challenge the dogmas of conservative Oriya society and ignited a mass following. ‘Kalankita Nayak’ knew the art of creating an impression with a profile not so “aligned to the stereotypes”. In a way he was a great impressionist. I remember his saying proudly that he can never sing while playing the harmonium in a staid, standing position looking only in one direction. He was an interacti

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