28 Jul 2019

Dagara Beach, one of the scenic beach in Balasore, Odisha that draws local tourists during weekends. The best part of the beach is less crowded unlike the beaches of Puri or Konark. Mainly, the beach is famous for the red crabs, silvery sand, and Casuarina evergreen trees. It is one of the few beaches from which both sunrise and sunset can be viewed over the Bay of Bengal. 

Visitors come to enjoy the pleasant picnic areas, especially around the Christmas and New Year holiday season, which is known as the best picnic time in Odisha or India. Fishing by small boats with the local fishing flock is very popular here.

Dagara Beach is relatively unknown beyond the states of Odisha and West Bengal, but the state government is taking measures to promote tourism in the area. Recently, a beach festival has been launched.

The Dagara Beach Festival attracts thousands of visitors from the state of Odisha and neighboring West Bengal. The festival is a platform for performing artists and connoisseurs of classical dance.

The local city from here is Jaleswar which is 40 kilometers away. And it's just 45 kilometers away from Digha, the very famous Beach of Balasore and West Bengal. And the main town of the district Balasore is just 62 kilometers away from this beach.

  • All these photographs are taken by Surykam Dey.

18 Jul 2019

Raksha Bandhan is a popular, traditionally annual ceremony for Hindus. This festival is mainly popular in India. Another same festival celebrated with the same rituals also with the same name Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan in some other parts of Asian Countries as well as the countries, who are influenced by Hinduism.

On this day, sisters of all ages tie a talisman, or amulet, called the rakhi or Raksha Suta, around the wrists of their brothers, symbolically protecting them. So, the brother gives his word to protect her. But, now the girl power has increased and they can protect them by themselves, so they are demanding gifts in return (this is just for fun), and traditionally investing the brothers with a share of the responsibility of their potential care.

Raksha Bandhan is observed on the last day of the Hindu lunar calendar month of Shraavana, which typically falls in August. The expression "Raksha Bandhan" came from Sanskrit literally, where Raksha means protection, obligation or care, and Bandhan refers to the advance for the protection. Actually, the brother is the best protector for her sister and "the bond of protection, obligation, or care," has principally applied to this ritual.

According to Hindu Mythology, this ritual started by Panchali Draupadi, the queen of Pandavs, when she tied a thread on the finger of Lord Krishna and Lord Krishna saved her from the Kauravas by giving cores of Sarees, while they were trying to undress her. There are some more stories relates to this ritual like Indra Dev & Sachi, King Bali & Goddess Lakshmi, Santoshi Maa, Yama & the Yamuna, etc.

This festival is celebrated not only by Hindus but also by Jains, Sikhs. Jains priests give ceremonial threads to the devotees on this day and Sikhs celebrate this as "Rakhardi" or Rakhari.

In 2019, we are going to celebrate Raksha Bandhan on 15th August on the day of Independence. For that reason, the temporary Rakhi Stores are opening and sisters are buying Rakhi for the brothers, and some girls are also buying Rakhi for their elder sister's husband since they are like brothers to sisters.

13 Jun 2019

The Chitrakoot or Chitrakote waterfalls (Hindi: चित्रकोट जलप्रपात) is a natural waterfall on the Indravati River. It is located to the west side of Jagdalpur, in Bastar district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. This place is just 38 kilometers away from Jagdalpur town.

The height of this fall is about 95 ft or 29 meters. It is known as the widest fall in India. Because of its width and wide-spread during the monsoon season, it looks like Niagara Falls.  And the tourists are not allowed to the downside in the monsoon.

It's so deep, but in the winter and the summertime, you can go down to the bottom of the falls. From there, you can take a small boat tour and could feel the sprinkling water drops on you. But it may be dangerous if you won't go with proper pieces of equipment.

The sunset was really beautiful from that place. We were there during the sunset time, so we had that look only, but sunrise is also beautiful from the bottom area. As per some visitors, this place looks more beautiful in the morning time.

The above two pictures were taken from the top of the falls from where the waters are dropping down.

You can see such swans there, and be careful, they might harm you. But not much dangerous, you should look both your side while walking.

We had visited this place on the 25th of January in 2015. And all these photographs are taken by the member of our club.

11 Apr 2019

Danda Jatra or Danda Nata or Danda Yatra (Odia: ଦଣ୍ଡ ଯାତ୍ରା / ଦଣ୍ଡ ନାଟ) is one of the ancient dance forms of Odisha, originated from Galleri and Baibelli village of Ghumushar. This dance is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Maa Mahakali. Now-a-days, this festival is celebrating in different places of Ganjam and Gajapati district from 13 to 21 days in the Month of Chitra according to the Odia calender. 

Origins of Danda Jatra

Danda Jatra was the one dance organizing during the month of Chaitra at Taratarini Temple, but people wished to perform at their own places, so started at their village. Then it speeded with others.

When it's celebrating??

Danda Jatra is mainly celebrated in the month of Chaitra according to the Odia calender which is in the month of March and April according to the Georgian Calendar. After 6 days of the Sankranti, they took 4 days to prepare for the Yatra. 


It's 21 days of Jatra from which, the first 8 days are known as Jhamu Jatra and the rest 13 days are known as Danda Jatra. The Jatra ends on the Vishuba Sankranti which is known as Pana Sankranti in Odisha. This festival is also known as Meru Yatra.


For the Danda Jatra, there are lots of people who used to join for this dance form. All the participants are known as Dandua and the leader of one group is known as Pata Dandua.


The Pata Dandua used to have fasted and he only eats snacks and juices. And the Danduas used to have only one meal which is pure veg and they prepare their meal for themselves. 

Dance & Music

The dance is known as Danda Nata, where Danda refers to a stick and Nata refers to Dance which formed from Natrja. 

The Danduas used to play some music using Dholas which is one of the old musical instrument. During these 13 days of Danda Jatra, Danudas along the Pata Dandua used to travel from village to villages to perform the Danda Nata.

All these photographs are sent by Chandrakanti Pradhan. All these contents are based on different articles available on Internet.

26 Mar 2019

Previously we had discussed about Pakhala bhata on our previous blogs. We Odias celebrate Pakhala Dibasa on March 20, every year to welcome summer. On our previous blog, we had shared the ideas why we had celebrated on March 20, what is Pakhala, etc.

Here on this blog, we are presenting some side items we could have with Pakhala shared by Smruti Ranjan Sahoo.

During the summer season, we should have Pakhala almost every day. Some people also have Pakhala in every meal from breakfast to dinner.

Pakhala Bhata is authentically served with a platter of side dishes.

25 Mar 2019

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.

21 Mar 2019

For the Pakhala Dibasa, our last blog "Pakhala Dibasa - ପଖାଳ ଦିବସ" got some fresh new viewers and a good number of views too. In the morning, we just tweeted to share the Pakhala Photos for this 2019 Pakhala Dibasa or the Universal Pakhal Day.

From social media, we came to know about the josh of people to celebrate this day is high. Almost all are posting their Pakhala Kansa Photo, Selfie with Pakhala, get together for Pakhala Dibasa, etc. Yesterday, while I was watching the news on TV, the presenter said, "now Pakhala is not just a portion of local food, it became universal and the star hotels, restaurants serving Pakhala in various flavors." They also show some good videos on various types of Pakhala.

This year, Pakhala Dibasa was on Wednesday, which is the most preferred non-veg day for most of us. So, many people had prepared their preferable items to have with Pakhala. From that campaign, we just 3 photos by Raghunath Sahoo, Shubhakanta & Smruti Ranjan Sahoo. But, we had taken some more photos shared by some of our friends.

Photo: Raghunath Sahoo
Photo: Shubhkanta Samal
Photo: Smruti Ranjan Sahoo
Photo: Tarani Nayak
Photo: Sunita Saranya Nayak
Photo: Prabir Kumar Sahoo
Photo: Soumya Ranjan Sahu
Photo: Dr. Rashmi Ranjan Sahoo
Photo: Bimalendu Sarangi
Photo: Ashutosh 
Photo: Rajeev Lochan Nayak
Photo: Sangram Keshari Senapati
Photo: Snehasish Rout
Photo: Ashok Mishra

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18 Mar 2019

Pakhala Dibasa, a day to welcome summer with the most favorite Odia food item Pakhala. 

What is Pakhala??

Pakhala (Odia: ପଖାଳ) is an Odia term in Indian Food items. This term has some different names also according to the region. It consists of cooked rice washed or little fermented in water. The liquid part is known as toraṇi (Odia: ତୋରାଣୀ). This food is quite popular in Odisha, Assam, Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhatishgarh, Tamilnadu.

What is Pakhala Dibasa??

Pakhala is popular during summer days. February and March are the months of Spring season or Basanta Rutu. March is the welcoming month for the Summer. Northward equinox or March equinox changes its position for the spring in between 19th March to 21st March, so 20th March is the perfect day to celebrate Pakhala Dibasa. So, we Odia people decided to welcome summer officially on March 20, every year. From that day, we are celebrating this Pakhala Dibasa to welcome the Summer.

Why this day??

Though we people always eat Pakhala, but it's just the formality day like Valentine's Day. On this day, people do get together and arrange Pakhala for the Lunch. Some ordinary people to Government employees also join on this occasion. 

What side items we would prefer with Pakhala??

To have Pakhala, we would prefer different side items and here is a small list from our food photography blog.

Roasted Tomato and Badi 
Roasted Eggplant with onion chops and some green chilly.
Fried Aloo with Mustard.
Eggplant fry
Besan Vada of Pumpkin flower. 

Fish curry of Fried Fish.

Some More Photos of Pakhala


Watch the Pakhala Dibasa VLOG by Gapu

This blog is written by Sangram Keshari Senapati. All the photographs are taken by him. If you wish to share these photos, then just share by giving him the credit. 

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