Posted by: martincrow | October 11, 2011

Bhubaneswar – Where Tradition Meets the Trend

Bhubaneswar is the capital city of Orissa. This city has a rich cultural history spanning over 2000 years. It is the largest city of Orissa and the throbbing heart of economic and commercial activities of the state. Since 16th August, 2011, the city has been known as the sister city of Cupertino, California, USA. The current population strength of the city is close to 904,721.

Lingaraj temple

Since the early medieval period, Bhubaneswar has earned name and fame due to its architectural wonders, religious influence and captivating cultural heritage. The city houses a large gathering of Hindu temples and so, was called as “Temple City” of India. The city along with Puri and Konark form the famous “Golden Triangle” that makes the most inviting destination for the enthusiastic travelers.

The must-visit and most popular temples are Lingaraj Temple, Parasuramesvara Temple, Rajarani Temple, Vaital Temple, Sari Temple etc. These temples were built up during the ancient period. A few temples have been built in the recent past and among them, Ram Mandirm ISKON, Maa Kanakdurga Pitha claim relevance and significance.

Raja Rani Temple

The State Museum of Bhubaneswar offers an extensive collection of archeological weapons, artifacts, arts and crafts. The tribal handmade items – showcased at the Tribal Research Institute Museum – present a slice of much adored and touted craftsmanship of different tribes of Orissa. The Orissa government has taken several laudable steps to preserve the antique pieces as well as tribal art. The government has taken earnest initiatives to find a market for the showpieces and necessary items made by the tribes as a measure of improving the life styles of these people.

Dhauligiri

Bhubaneswar is also famous for Odissi dance, sand sculptures and music. The city houses Odissi Dance Academy that was established by Kelucharan Mahapatra, the legendary Odissi dancer. The tourists hate to give Udaygiri, Khandagiri, Dhowlgiri a miss which are not far away from Bhubaneswar. One can enjoy sightseeing, go on the shopping binge and gorge on the sumptuous surprises while being on a trip to Bhubaneswar.

Posted by: martincrow | September 26, 2011

Sundargarh – Soak in Festivities with Farmers

Sundergarh

An occasional trip is a thrilling and rejuvenating escape from the toil-moil and hustle-bustle of your humdrum life. The favorite tourist spots often fail to give us the tranquility that we are in search of. Fortunately, there are still many spots where you can feel being with your inner self and with the divine entity. If you want to soak in newness, Sundargarh may be the right place for you.

Sundargarh is located in Orissa, one of the most prosperous cities in India. It was the capital city of princely State of Gangpur till 1948 and later made the district headquarter of Sundargarh district. Total population of the city is 40.000 (approx.).

Maa Samalei

Sundergarh is still a virgin place and not buzzing with the bustling activities of the city travelers from near and far of the globe. The most inviting festival of Sundargarh is Nuakhai or Nuankhai. It is an agricultural festivity observed in the tribes-dominated western part of Odissa to welcome the arrival of new rice of the season. However, the festival is holy for the upper-caste Hindus too. According to Hindu calendar, Nuakhai is celebrated on the fifth day (panchami tithi) of the lunar fortnight of the month Bhadra.

Nuakhai

Nuakhai is popularly referred to as Nuakahi Bhetghat or Nuakhai Parab. Nua means new and khai refers to food. Together they mean new food that the farmers reap from the agricultural lands. This festival, held after Ganesha Chaturthi, has a greater significance for and influence on the farmers. Nuakhai signifies earning of material riches for the agricultural community and so is held with much energy and enthusiasm.

Nuakhai dance

Airsha pitha is the must-make item during this festival. The specific time at which the festival is celebrated is known as lagan. When the lagan arrives, the farmers and their families offer prayer to the village god or goddess and then take their food (nua).

Posted by: martincrow | September 2, 2010

Cuttack Dasahara!

Maa Durga

Cuttack is very old city of Odisha. It was counted as capital of Odisha in past days. It’s a very small city of population near about 1.5 lakh. Different community peoples are living here. Major are hindu and rest of are The Muslim, The Christian and also of different communities. They celebrate their festival each other with lots of fun and enjoyment. They celebrate Dasahara, Kali puja, Idd, Christmas, Pongal, Ganesh chaturthi each other.  Dasahara is one of the most famous festival of Cuttack. In this festival goddess Durga worshipped. Lots of pendals, stages are created for worship purpose. Lots of decoration and lightning arrangements also set up by each street.  People of all community enjoy a lot during this festival. Lots of images near about 300 plus images created for worship purposes.  There are lots of dancing, singing, Orchestra program are organized in this festival. This puja celebrated three days.  After celebrating this the last thing occurs which is known as Bisarjan. In this day peoples took images of deity  to nearest river Kathajodi. The Bisarjan is also one of the excitement moment.

Goddess DurgaDasahara is very famous festival of Cuttack. People of neighbor cities took part in this festival and enjoy a lot. Cuttack is also famous far dahibara aalu dam. One of the famous Odisha cousine. Cuttack peoples are very anxiously waiting this puja.

Posted by: martincrow | August 26, 2010

Olasuni Temple

Odisha has its unique identity for city of temples and culture. Now we are discussing about a known place but few peoples are unknown to this. This is all about Olasuni Temple. It is located in the Last part of Cuttack district and border of Cuttack and jaipur. It is situated closed to Daitari Paradip high way. It is a  famous spiritual place for saint Arakhita Dash. It is very well known as “Sadhana Pitha”.

Olasuni TempleYou can find Arakhita Dash’s tomb and golden Olasuni’s temple. Sri Arakhita Dash has very vast knowledge of spiritual and Aurveda.He was very intelligent person that so why he was known as “Mahapurusha” which describes a great personality about a great man.Every year there is a festival celebrated known as “Gumpha Mela” which is also known as “Magha Ekadasi”.It takes place in month of Magha of the Hindu calendar. People celebrate nine days in this festival.It is very nice place covered with natural beauties.

Posted by: martincrow | July 1, 2010

Rath Yatra – The Spiritual Journey

As we all know that another name of India is Hindustan and India is a country where majority of the population are Hindu. Among numerous Hindu festivals, Rath Yatra is a very famous festival for the people of the city Puri, in the state of Orissa. The occasion usually comes during the month of June or July (according to a tithi in Hindu’s calendar). The festival of Rath Yatra is widely considered as a journey of lord Jagannath to his aunt’s (mom’s sister) place at Gundicha temple that is two kilometers away from his home. In this journey of lord Jagannath, he is followed by his brother Balaram and sister Shubhadra. Lord Jagannath is an avatar of lord Krishna (very famous god of the Hindu religion). The famous Jagannath temple in Puri is regarded as the house of lord Jagannath from where he starts his journey on the day of Rath Yatra. He along with his siblings stays at his aunt’s (mom’s sister) place for seven days and return to his place (Jagannath temple) after seven days that is termed as the day of Ulto Rath. Both the journeys take place via the route on streets. The Rath Yatra is carried out in three different raths (chariots) for these three siblings. By reading the content till now, you must have been aware of the perception that rath means chariot and yatra means the journey on that chariot. The journey is really spiritual and gathers lots and lots of pilgrims from all around the country.

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