Diwali is a unique celebration in Odisha. Here, the ‘Festival of Lights’ is not just limited to customary bursting of crackers and exchange of lip-smacking sweets, but also accompanied by Kali Puja and the ritualistic ceremony of ‘Badabadua Daka’. The celebrations are special in the Millennium City of Cuttack, Coastal town of Bhadrak and the very-popular Pilgrim Town of Puri.
It is often, quite easy to out-rightly discard something new without analyzing it. But it takes a lot of understanding and courage to appreciate a new wave. The Odia film – Capital I which has been a “first” in many for the state is still unknown to the people of Odisha.
In the Silver City of Cuttack, Durga Puja is unique in more ways than one. While the neighboring State of West Bengal hosts the autumn festival with theme-based pandals and idols, Odisha’s Millennium City of Cuttack decorates the Mother Goddess with gold and silver.
Durga Puja is is the only time of the year when around 2000 Bengalis of Bhubaneswar come together for community bonding. The Kalibari Durga Puja Samiti, on its part, takes care to offer them a taste of authentic Bengali tradition.
Lost temples of India is a project to tell the world about the less known temples of India with historical importance. Located at Khajura sahi, Sergarh in Baleswar district of Odisha, Khajureswara temple has a small compound with a cluster of temples: 3 smaller temples and 2 stupas.
Rabi Bhai’s stall is a small rickety hut located in unit 6, Bhubaneswar,among the government quarters. Not many people know about this place nor is it visible to many. But there are people like me who are regulars and visit him often. He doesnt have a proper sitting area, nor does he have proper crockery but he knows the art of making baras.