27 Sep 2020

Khandagiri Caves on 2020 World Tourism Day
Khandagiri Caves have archaeological, historical, and religious importance near the city of Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India. These caves are partly natural and partly artificial.

These caves are situated on two adjacent hills, Udayagiri and Khandagiri, mentioned as Kumari Parvata in the Hathigumpha inscription. Formerly, these caves are called as Kattaka Caves or Cuttack caves.

Khandagiri on World Touris Day
There are a number of finely and ornately carved caves built during the 1st century BCE. It is believed that most of these caves were carved out as residential blocks for Jaina monks during the reign of King Kharavela.

Bhubaneswar Khandagiri Cave on World Tourism Day
The Khandagiri hills fall on your left side when you enter into this area from Bhubaneswar. There are 15 caves in Khandagiri. These caves were renovated during the reign of Uddyotakeshari of the Somavamshi dynasty.

Khandagiri Cave on World Tourism Day
On this World Tourism Day, one of our journalist friend Bhabani Prasad Das had clicked some beautiful photos of the Khandagiri Caves. During this lockdown, nobody was there, the place was empty.

- All these photos are taken by Bhabani Prasad Das sir and published here with his permission.

- And all these contents are taken from English Wikipedia.

19 Sep 2020

Beauty of Gundicha Ghai Waterfall in Rainy Season

Gundicha Ghai Waterfall
is a beautiful waterfall in Keonjhar District. You could enjoy the scenic beauty of the waterfall in the Rainy Season.

Previously, we had shared a blog as, Gundichaghai Waterfall in Summer where we have shared a little bit of information and some really beautiful photos of the Gundichaghai waterfall.

Attractive View of Gundicha Ghai Waterfall

This time we got a chance to share the photos of Dr. Biswajeet Mishra who recently in 2020 visited Ashok Jhar waterfall and traveled to Gundicha Ghai Via Duburi Road. On their way, they have also visited the Remal Dam.

Attractive View of the Entrance of the Gundicha Ghai Waterafall

This waterfall is situated around 55 kilometers from Keonjhar district headquarters. The waterfall is about 50 ft. high on the river Mudala which is being situated amidst the lush green forest.

Beautiful Gundicha Ghai Waterfall

Dr. Biwajeet was traveling from Duburi, so he traveled via Tamka, Bhagamunda, Harichandanpur. You could enjoy one of the best scenic views on this route.

The Roar of Gundicha Ghai Waterfall

On the road from Harichandanpur to Ghatagaon, the Gundicha Ghai Waterfall is about 7 kilometers from the main road. And if you come from the Ghatagaon, then it's exactly 14 kilometers from the Tarini Temple.

Bridge near Gundicha Ghai

Gundicha Ghai waterfall is a huge one, especially during the rainy season. Now, they have built a new staircase leading to the waters. But it's better to avoid going near the water during the rainy season. It's too scary.

Beautiful View of Gundicha Ghai Waterfall Kenonjhar

Landscape view of Gundicha Ghai in Rainy Season

* All these photographs are taken by Dr. Biswajeet Mishra and we have published here with all his permissions.

* Before sharing these photos, you have to take the permission from him.



11 Sep 2020

Dutiya Osha Ghanta Tarakari

Dwitibahan Osha or Pua Jiuntia Osha is observed every year on the day of Ashwina Krushna Ashtami or Mula Ashtami. This Osha observed by mothers (with day-long completely fast "Nirjwala Upabasa") to invoke the grace of Lord “Dutibahana” for the long life and prosperity of their sons.

They offer many seasonal and local vegetables during the rituals. The next day, after completion of the rituals, they make a Ghanta which the whole family relishes during lunch.

There are three occasions when most Odia households cook a Ghanta dish—

  • Dutia/Dwitiya Ghanta (on Mula Ashtami)
  • Garbhana Sankranti Ghanta (on Tula Sankranti)
  • Ghadaghadia Ghanta (on Samba Dashami)

The first two Ghanta are similar, but the third is quite different. Let's talk about Dutia Osha ghanta.

Dutia Osha Ghanta

At least 7 vegetables or multiples of it are used to make this dish. Right from pumpkin, ash gourd, green papaya, pointed gourd, snake gourds, ridge gourds, drumsticks, plantain, brinjal, mature cucumber, tubers like an elephant foot, sweet potatoes, leafy greens like pumpkin leaves, amaranth stalks, etc. are cut into chunky pieces.

All Veggies used to boil in a big adding of turmeric, salt, bay leaf, and a piece of crushed ginger. Sprouted legumes such as moong, black chana, freshly grated coconut, and some bits of it are very essential to bring out the flavor of the dish. One can also use soaked Kabuli Chana, peanuts, Chana Daal in the dish.

Ghanta on Dutibahana Osha

Everything is slow-cooked to get perfection. One can add a few strips of Elephant Apple Ou in Odia, as it adds tanginess as well as a typical flavor to the dish.

Freshly made roasted cumin and red chili are added and then there is a final tempering with ghee and whole cumin or Pancha-Phutana. Some people add curry leaves for aroma and you can add black pepper crushed instead of red chili powder.

Dutia Osha Ghanta Tarakari


Mansi Rath

Mansi Rath, an Odia food blogger born and brought up in Balasore, Odisha. She is a software engineer by profession, a foodie, and by choice. She has an aim and has a passion to become a chef. She loves to explore places and different cuisines of Odisha.

Follow her on Instagram @delicious_foodcornor

- All these photographs are taken by Mansi Rath and she wrote this blog. We have published it here with her permission.


8 Sep 2020

Ashok Jhara Waterfall, Jajpur

Ashok Jhara Waterfall (Odia: ଅଶୋକ ଝର) is a waterfall in the Jajpur district of Odisha. This waterfall is situated around 10 kilometers from Sukinda.

The entry gate of Ashok Jhara Waterfall, Jajpur

To reach near Ashok Jhara Waterfall, you could take the help of local people for roads. Since the Google map is here, but the condition of roads may create some problems, so better to know about the roads before you go.

View of Ashok Jahara Waterfall
Photo: Jajpur District Administration

As per one of our friends, the roads through Duburi shown by the Google maps are worst now. So you could go through Sukinda road.

The View of Ashok Jhara
Photo: Biswajeet Mishra

Ashok Jahara Waterfall is a good place for the picnic. The calm and scenic view of nature gives you more pleasure. You could enjoy the place with your family and friends also.

Beauty of Ashok Jhara
Photo: Biswajeet Mishra

The Ashoka Jahara Waterfall is coming from the nearby heals and at the bottom side, there is a temple where people use to cook during picnic time just because of the empty space.

Ashoka Jahara Waterfall, Jajpur
Photo: Biswajeet Mishra

* All these photos are taken by Biswajeet Mishra. So all photo rights are reserved to the original photographer.
* We have posted the photos with his permission, and before publishing, sharing for business use and modifying take his permission.
* One photograph is taken from the Jajpur District Administration for fair use only. 

29 Aug 2020

Chuli Puja - ଚୁଲୀ ପୂଜା or Andharia Parbha

Chuli Puja (Odia: ଚୁଲି ପୂଜା) is a traditional Odia festival celebrated in some parts of Odisha. Chuli Puja is also called Andharia Parbha in some regions of Odisha.

On Chuli Pooja people use to worship the oven at home. People of Odisha previously using the mud oven, but later the oven changed to the portable stove, gas oven, movable oven, etc. But still, people worshiping the oven on this day.

Chuli Puja in Bhadrak
Photo: Seema Das

This festival, Chuli Pooja is celebrated on Sunian (Odia: ସୁନିଆଁ). Sunian is the 1st day of the Odia calendar according to Puri Gajapati Maharaja.

Though we celebrate Odia new year on Pana Sankranti, but the king of Puri celebrates from Sunian. This day is also known as Bamana Janma.

On Bhadrav Shukla Ekadasi (the 11th day of the light fortnight of the 5th month of Odia calender) people use to worship the oven inside the kitchen.

Procedures of Chuli Puja:

  • The elder woman in the family usually does this puja.
  • After cleaning the Chuli (oven) people use to worship with different types of flowers like lily, cucumber, and the creeper of the gourd.
  • On this day, people don't cook on that oven. But some people do worship after cooking.
  • On the next day, all flowers should through to a pond of to river nearby.
Chuli Puja in Bhubaneswar
Photo: Sanjita Panigrahi

Gopal Chandra Praharaj sir had also mentioned about Chuli Puja on Purna Chandra Odisha Bhashakosha.

24 Aug 2020

Sathi Osha

Sathi Osha (Odia: ଷଠି ଓଷା) is a traditional Odia festival celebrated every year just after two days of Ganesh Chaturthi. This festival is also known as Sathi Dusei Osha or Sathi Osha.

Sathi Dusei Osha
Photo: Chinmayee Mishra, Shared under CC 4.0 creative Commons License

Shashti Devi is a Hindu folk goddess who is the protector of children. In Odisha, Shathi Devi is worshiped as the birth Devi. On the 6th day of baby's born in Odisha, people use to worship Sathi Devi at home, which is a little bit different from this Osha.

Sathi Osha Celebration:

  • In the morning of Sathi Osha, people do Somanath Brata for Lord Shiva.
  • Rice, Dal, Fish fry, Chakuli Pitha, and two more veg curry are prepared to offer Maa Sathi.
  • A muller covered with Turmeric Cloth place on the Turmeric and then with the ritual, the mothers do this pooja.
ଷଠି ଓଷା - Sathi Osha
Photo: Gourisankar Sahoo

Bhoga for Sathi Osha
Sathi Osha Bhoga, Photo: Gourisankar Sahoo

- All this information is taken from Odia Wikipedia.

- Photos: Manjula Samal, Gouri Sankar Sahoo, Chinmayee Mishra

21 Aug 2020

Colors fo Mayurbhanj

Mayurbhanj is a district among 30 districts in Odisha state in eastern India. This district is the largest district of Odisha by area. Baripada is the city headquarter of this district. Other major towns are Rairangpur, Karanjia, and Udala.

Tribals of Mayurbhanj

The district is an autonomous district. The main tribes of this district are Santal, Ho, Bhumij/Munda, Bhuinya, Mankadia, and Kharia and others. The district has many tribal cultures like Santali culture, Ho dance and Mage Porob, Baa Porob, Hermuut, Heroh Porob, Karam, Jomnama, and Jomsuim of Ho tribe and Bhumij cultures.

Incredible Mayurbhanj

Some of the famous musicians and singers of the Ho, like Mangal Bandra, Pute Kerai, Punjabi Sirka, Dubung Sirka, Budhuram Samad, Ghanshyam Angrai, Subhlaxmi Bodra, and the Santali, like Basen Murmu, come from this district.

Colors fo Mayurbhanj

Mayurbhanj district is full of tourist places from Khiching to Similipal, Bhimkund, Devkund, Ramatirtha, Maa Ambika Temple, Jagannath Temple, etc.

Beautiful View of Mayurbhanj

N.B.: All these photographs are taken from the Twitter account of Tika Govind aka Mayurabhanjiaa.

25 Jul 2020

Custard Apple

According to Wiktionary, Neua (Odia: ନେଉଆ) is a kind of apple; the bullock's heart; Anone Raticulate. This is also called Custard Apple by English people.

This fruit is also known as Sitaphala (Odia: ସୀତାଫଳ) or Aata (Odia: ଆତ), belongs to the genus Annona of the Annonaceae family.

According to a news article on the Telegraph India, there are five fruits in this family that are edible and hence significant: The Custard Apple, Bullock’s Heart which is also known as Ramphal and Nonaphal, Sour Sop (also known as Ramphal), Cherimoyer (Hanumanphal) and Ilama. 

Neua - ନେଉଆ

The same article also says that all of these originated in America and their arrival in India is a much-debated topic. When the Portuguese came to India they brought these fruits with them, but it is likely that Neua was already growing in India by then since it finds mention in Ain-e-Akbari, the 16th-century documentation of Mughal emperor Akbar’s kingdom. It is also seen in the paintings of Ajanta and in the sculptures of Mathura.

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