19 Mar 2018

20 March is declared Pakhala Dibasa (Universal Pakhala Day) by Odias worldwide. In a move to promote Odia food, the people of Odisha decided to celebrate 20 March as Pakhala Dibasa. People eat Pakhala on 20 March to welcome summer season with Odisha's traditional food.

We've collected some photos of Pakhala Meal from twitter. Here you can find different types of Pakhalaa Kansa from various users.

Photo: Ashish Kumar Nayak
Photo: Akhil Padhi
Photo: Azam Khan's Buffalo
Photo: Shreekant Sahu
Photo: Sambit Nayak
Photo: Deeptiman Panigrahi
Photo: Barada Das
Photo: Ashish Kumar Nayak
Photo: Ashish Kumar Nayak
Photo: Manas Bastia
Photo: J Raj
Photo: Satya Majhi
Photo: Nidhi Aja
Photo: Satya Majhi
Photo: Barada Das
Photo: Rashmi R Fatesingh
Photo: Anand
Photo: Sanjeeb Kumar
Photo: Tapas Ranjan

* If you like these photos, then please share with others and let's celebrate Pakhala Dibasa with joy. Celebrate it with all your friends and friends. Eat together and stay together.

13 Mar 2018

Panthei Osha (Odiaପନ୍ଥେଇ ପୂଜା) or Chaitra Mangalabara Osha(Odiaଚୈତ୍ର ମଙ୍ଗଳବାର ଓଷା) is a festival observing in Odisha during the lunar month of Chaitra in Hindu Callender (mid-March to mid-April). This festival is celebrated on the Tuesdays only by worshiping Goddes Mangala, seeking blessings of Maa for the well being of their family.

* This photo is captured by Tapas Ranjana.

1 Mar 2018

Dola Purnima also known as Dola Jatra (Odia: ଦୋଳ ଯାତ୍ରା), a five day long Dola Purnima festival celebrated with pomp and fervor across the state. Followed by Dola Purnima comes Holi. On this day, the Odia calendar becomes ready and is offered to the deity Jagannath, who is also known as Dolagovinda. The celebration is mostly celebrated in Villages where Idols of Krishna and Radha come to a common place.

We have collected the Dola Bimana photos from Brahmanagaon Melana, which is actually located on the boarder of Bhadrak and Baleswar district of Odisha. This place is famous for this Dola Jatra and the the Shiba Temple situated there. The idols of Radha-Krishna comes to this field on the night of Dola Purnima. All the idols placed by before the morning of Holi. Idols from both the Balasore and Bhadrak district have come to this field.

* All these photographs are taken by Sangram Keshari Senapati at Brahmanagaon Melana field in 2017.

28 Feb 2018

Chilika Lake is a brackish water lagoon, spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Odisha state on the east coast of India, at the mouth of the Daya River, flowing into the Bay of Bengal, covering an area of over 1,100 km2. It is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest coastal lagoon in the world after the New Caledonian barrier reef in New Caledonia.

It is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian sub-continent. The lake is home to a number of threatened species of plants and animals.

The lake is an ecosystem with large fishery resources. It sustains more than 150,000 fisher–folk living in 132 villages on the shore and islands.

The lagoon hosts over 160 species of birds in the peak migratory season. Birds from as far as the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea and other remote parts of Russia, Kirghiz steppes of Mongolia, Central and southeast Asia, Ladakh and Himalayas come here. These birds travel great distances; migratory birds probably follow much longer routes than the straight lines, possibly up to 12,000 km, to reach Chilika Lake.

Source: Wikipedia

* All these photographs are takne by Himanshu Shekhar Panda.

12 Feb 2018

Santeswari temple is situated not very far from Solapur temple. At first instant I thought it to be a house but when inspected found out to be a temple where Santeswari goddess is worshiped. Which houses many Buddhist images, some of which are broken.

The main goddess is a two armed seated (Tara perhaps) as informed a villager. A young boy of around 12 years was performing the rituals while we visited the place. And he denied to click a pic of the deity.😑 Some pics from outside of d temple.

Some villagers asked us how we know about the place ! And told us about a very familiar story of a king and queen, which were being heard at Ratnagiri and Langudi too. when I told them that theirs is a famous place, they were bewildered to here that.😊

* This blog is written by Supriya Mishra and she captured all these photos.

11 Feb 2018

Solampur Buddhist Site lost with the passage of time and now coming under the jurisdiction of Bhadrak district of Odisha, flourished during the Bhaumakaras. The neulapur grant of subhakaradeb mention this place as "solanapur mahavihar".

This small village has grown up over the ruins and mounds of an earlier existing Buddhist site, just on the opposite banks of river Baitarani from Jajpur, where one can find a whole lot of Buddhist images scattered all over, main place being the Raghunathjew temple in the middle of the village.

This site had a prolonged life up to 12th CE as evident from Ratnagiri inscription of Somabamsi king Karnadeba. The images from Buddhist pantheon such as Gautam Buddha, Tara, Jambhala, Abalokiteswara are found here, of whom some are worshiped and some are fixed on the niches of the temple.

A beautiful image of Gautam Buddha is found on the right side niche of the temple, which is in Bhumisparsa Mudra with a Mandala depicting eight important stages of his life with the Mahaparinirbana scene just above his head. This mandala cult is so popular in Odishan architecture.

The above image also holds an inscription of four lines on it's base with two lions on each side.

A beautiful image of Tara in standing position holding a lotus in the left hand occupies the side niche of the above image. It also has an inscription on the halo just over the head. Check the minutely carved details, from the hairdo to the facial expression. just amazing.

Some other images found on the niches of the Raghunathjew temple and the main deities of the temple, worshiped by the villagers. No one could tell why the temple is called Raghunathjew, because Sriram is not worshiped here.

* This blog is written by Supriya Mishra and she captured all these photographs.

4 Feb 2018

We are living on the most beautiful planet, Earth which has nature. Natural beauties are the best friend which provide us all the happiness and it could change anyone's mood.

Sunshine and sunset scenes are another beautiful colour of this galaxy. Some sunset photos are captured by one of our friend Surajit Mishra at different places of India.

Sunset at Chandrabhaga Beach.
Sunset captured on the way to Chandrabhaga Beach.
Sunset at Dhanushkodi.
Sunset at BibhishanTemple, Tamilnadu.
Sunset captured at Chilika, Odisha.
Sunset at Chilika.
Sunset at Kanyakumari.
Sunset at Kovalam
Sunset at Puri Beach.

* All these photographs are taken by Surajit Mishra.