16 Dec 2019

Dhanu Muan is a delicious Odia food dish mostly popular in Odisha and has a special significance for Dhanu Sankranti in the month of Pausha. It's a crisp ball made of puffed rice and jaggery. Now people are making this with Sugar instead of Jaggery.

Dhanu Muan is written as धनु मुआँ in Devnagari script and as ଧନୁ ମୁଆଁ in Odia script. Pausha is the 9th Month according to Odia calendar and this month is mostly famous for the Dhanu Muan and in Odia, this month is also considered as Dhanu Month.

Ganjam district is much more famous for Dhanu Muan and people always love to have Dhanu Muan when they go there. During the month of Pusha, lots of open stores open to sell Dhanu Muan, but now-a-days, you may find such shops throughout the year.

12 Dec 2019

A river mouth is a part of a river where the river debouches into another river, a lake, a reservoir, a sea, or an ocean. Mangala River (Odia: ମଙ୍ଗଳା ନଦୀ) is a river which debouches into the Bay of Bengal near Puri.

The debouch place is just 3 to 4 kilometers away from the Swargadwara, Puri which could be a good tourist place. But still, this place is not up to that which could be considered as a good tourist place.

This Muhana or mouth of the river is an important place for the Sea which sometimes create a flood-like situation in the sea.

- All these photographs are taken by Rajashree Sahoo.
- All the photo rights are reserved to Rajashree mam and we have published here with her permission. 
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Manabasa Gurubara Osha is a traditional Odia festival mainly celebrated on every house in the month of Margasira, the 8th month of Odia calendar. In this festival, Goddess Mahalaxmi is worshiped by the women of the home.

For this festival, people use to worship Maa Laxmi on every Thursday of the month. Maa Mahalaxmi is considered as the goddess of wealth and people use to worship her for the care of their wealth.

According to one legend described in the Manabasa Laxmi Purana by Balaram Das, one poor lady named Shriya, who worshiped Maa Laxmi and by the blessings of Maa, she got wealth and her life became stable.

Balabhadra, the elder brother of Maa Laxmi's husband Lord Jagannath opposed this thing because Shriya was belonging to a lower caste named Chandal. Here Chandal refers to that caste who usually works as a sweeper.

With the influence of Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath asked Mahalaxmi to stay out of the Temple, so she left with anger. After that Lord Jagannath and Balabhadra became poor, they couldn't get any food and all these happened just because of the curse by Mahalaxmi.

Later both the brothers regret that and from that day, people follow that ritual done by Shriya to worship Maa Laxmi every Thursday of Margasira. People use to make the Alpana designs or you can say Jhoti Chita designs for Maa Laxmi as she loves these things.

We have collected some beautiful photographs taken by Aisworika Senapati during this Manabasa Gurubara Osha. 

* All these photographs are shared with CC 3.0 License. You are free to use all these photographs, with proper credit.

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21 Nov 2019

After the Ratha Jatra, Jagadhatri Mela is the biggest festival of Baripada, Mayurbhanj in the state of Odisha, India. It is the festival of Maa Jagadhatri, where Jagadhatri means the Goddess of the whole World.

This festival is called as the Mini Bali Jatra after Cuttack's BaliJatra. Both these festivals are celebrated during Ras Purnima or Kartika Purnima.

It's a 7 to 10 days mela or carnival, celebrated in the month of Kartika according to the Odia calendar and in the month of October - November according to the Georgian Calendar. 

The Jagadhatri mela takes place at the Jagadhatri Mela Padia, Bhanjpur near Bhanjpur Railway Station during the month of October–November. The celebration for this mela started from Gosthastami. The Bhanjpur Jagadhatri mela is famous for its unique and attractive decorations.

This mela is also referred to as another Durga Puja in Baripada as it also starts on Asthami tithi and ends on the Dashami tithi. The date of the puja is decided by the luni-solar Hindu calendar.

The history said that, the Jagatdhatri Puja was first started by Maharaja Krishnachandra of Krishnanagar, Nadia in Bengal. That's why Jagatdhatri Puja is very popular in Krishnanagar and near by places like Tehatta, Rishra, Chandannagar, Bhadreswar, Hooghly, Boinchi, Ashoknagar-Kalyangarh.

This year in 2019, one of our friends Biswa had clicked some beautiful and attractive photographs of Jagadhatri Mela, Baripada and here we have attached all these photographs taken from him with proper permission and rights.

The mela doesn't mean for the idols, the decorations, it also includes the people, small to big shops, cultural festivals, etc. So, here are some snaps of the Minabazar.

From those days to these days, food had taken the first priority always and most of the people come to the carnival to eat different kinds of street food, so some good food stalls also started their business here. And here are a few clicks of the food stalls and plates.

Apart from all these things, which I have noticed that almost all the Indians love to eat paan and now-a-days, the paan shops or betel shops are coming with some varieties of paan like Mitha Paan, Fire Paan, etc. So, here is the click of the Mitha Paan Shop.

* All these photographs are taken by Biswa and published here with his permission.
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* Most of the contents about the Jagadhatri Puja and the Jagadhatri Mela are based on Wikipedia articles.

20 Nov 2019

Purple Amaranth is the common name of Amaranthus bitumen which is also called Guernsey pigweed. It's an annual plant species in economically important plant family Amaranthaceae and it's good for health.

Saga Muga (Odia: ଶାଗ ମୁଗ) is the traditional Odia dish. And this time, the dish is about green or purple amaranth leaves which is locally produced & found throughout the year. This is a very tasty & also a healthy dish💓.

Pumpkin, brinjal, arum, moong dal, green or purple amaranth leaves, mustard, and cumin seeds, dry red chilly, mustard/vegetable oil, sliced onions, salt are the ingredients n the ingredients are very common.

You can skip the onions n can add a little grated ginger. This is my mother's special dish and I love to prepare this. You can enjoy this Odia style saga Muga with both rice or roti.

The main Ingredients:

  • Pumpkin
  • Brinjal
  • Arum
  • Moong Dal
  • Green or Purple Amaranth Leaves
  • Mustard
  • Cumin seeds
  • Dry Red Chilly
  • Mustard/Vegetable Oil
  • Sliced onions
  • Salt

* This blog is written by Itishreeya Sahoo.
* You can follow her on Instagram @food_stories99

19 Nov 2019

Enduri Pitha (Odia: ଏଣ୍ଡୁରି ପିଠା) is a variety of pitha made in the Indian state of Odisha mostly in the northern and central region. This is also known as Haladipatra Pitha (Odia: ହଳଦୀପତ୍ର ପିଠା) Enduri is mostly prepared during Prathamastami or Padhuanastami and Manabasa Gurubara in Margasira Masa.

It is a light snack and has a laxative effect because of the turmeric leaves that are used to wrap the pitha. Traditionally, Enduri used to be made by steaming in large earthen pots. Enduri is one of the many other pithas offered to Jagannath in the Jagannath Temple, Puri for "Sokala dhupa" (breakfast).

Ingredients for the Enduri Pitha or Haladi Patra Pitha.
  • Split black gram - 2 cups
  • Raw rice - 2 cups
  • Salt to taste
For stuffing
  • Grated coconut 
  • Jaggery 
  • Grated ginger
  • Black pepper powder
The making process is not rocket science. We are attaching a video, where you may find the full making process of Enduri Pitha. And below we are attaching some snaps of Making process.

Making Process Video:

  • All these photos are taken by Manaswini Sahoo and posted here with her permission.
  • Some contents are taken from Wikipedia.

Further Readings:

The design of houses always attracts people. Each and every person have their dream to make their dream house and all do accordingly. Some people build the house with lots of money and some with huge decorative things. But everybody is creating their house as per their dream.

Apart from all the house designs, some colorful designs of Tribal houses always attract more people. In some places, tourists come to visit their village just because of these attractive houses.

Tribal house is a subgenre of house music that combines traditional house music with world music. It is similar in structure to the deep house but provides elements of ethnic or indigenous musical percussions (typically conga drums or its synthesized derivative).

Apart from the traditional Adivasi house, now they are decorating the whole house in a different way which attracts more people. That typical and unique color of walls, the designed decorations with a neat and clean environment gives positive vibes.

Not only the walls but the whole design of the houses are also different and they make these houses in such a way that the overall look of the house appears like the most attractive place.

* All these images are taken by Sudarsan Swain sir and published here with his permission.

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