The festivals of Orissa have a great peculiarity in sense of the people’s involvement during the festival time. The religious fervor in events of all origin and purpose unite the festivals and fairs in a blissful collage of dances, music and Jatras that complete Orissa’s calendar year where festivals in Orissa are concerned.
Populated with many important temples across its land, Orissa hosts a number of temple festivals especially related to Lord Jagannath at Puri including the world famous Rath Yatra or the Car Festival. Since Orissa is also constitutes of many tribal communities especially in its south-western districts, the festivals in Orissa also include tribal festivals and fairs that are sometimes intriguing, sometimes bewildering but always entertaining. Some of the tribal festivals include Chaita Parva and Bali Yatra.
Showcasing the mixed folk traditions and cultural heritage of Orissa, there are many festivals that are organized in Orissa, including the Puri Beach Festival, the Konark Festival and the Kalinga Festival etc. And then there are religious festivals too, which also have a unique distinction, such as Durga Puja, Maha Shiva Ratri, Dussehra, Diwali etc. Come with Lets Travel India…as it offers you an opportunity of a lifetime to explore the riches of Orissa with its festivals and fairs.
Also known as Car festival, this spectacular chariot festival is celebrated in the month of Asadha, on the second day of the lunar fortnight that falls during June-July. Popularly known as Rath Yatra, this festival is celebrated in the honor of Lord Jagannath who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Nainital tours The car festival or the Rath Yatra of Puri is the grandest of all the festivals in Orissa, the land of Lord Jagannath that you should experience while India tours where even the dust and sand are believed to be sacrosanct. It is sacred journey of Lord Jagannath and his two companion deities – elder brother Balabhadra and little sister Subhadra. The triad travels once a year in their newly built chariots to their material’s aunt’s house just 3 kms away and come back.
To see the juggernaut moving in colorful raths, amidst the mammoth gathering, basking against the backdrop of the anguished clouds of Kashmir tours summer is a sight for the gods – serene and sublime. But what has gone behind it is no less interesting. The origin of the Jagannath cult is old and obscure enough to give rise to several legends and theories ranging from the metaphysical to the mundane.
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