The festivals of cuttack form an integral part of the socio-cultural life of the city. Dasahara, Dol and Holi, Dipavali Amavasy, Rasa Poornima, Saraswati Puja and Raja Parva are some of the popular festivals of Cuttack that are celebrated with pomp and gaiety.
Some of the important festivals of Cuttack are:
Saraswati Puja - Saraswati Puja is celebrated on Sukla Panchami in the month of Magha, according to Oriya calendar. Maha Saraswati Shakti is worshiped during the Saraswati Puja, a spring festival.
Raja Parva - Raja Parva is usually celebrated in the 2nd week of June. During this festival, many people gather around Sri Harehandi Temple at Chhapchikana.
Dasahara - Dasahara is one of the popular festivals in Cuttack. It is usually celebrated in the month of October. The festival starts on 'Saptami', the seventh day, and ends on 'Dashahara day', the tenth day.
Dol and Holi - This festival begins from Phaguna Sukla Dasami and ends with Purnima. Dol Purnima is a socio-religious festival, which is celebrated in the memory of Lord Krishna and Radha Devi. Dol Purnima is also known to be the birthday of Gouranga Mahaprabhu and Goudiya Vaishnva. Therefore, the festival is celebrated with pomp and show by the people of Cuttack.
Sriram Navami - Sriram Navami is observed on the 9th day of Sukla Pakshya, according to Oriya almanac. The devotees of Lord Rama observe fast on this day. The festival is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and gaiety.
Dipavali Amavasy - According to Oriya calendar, Dipavali Amavasy is celebrated on the 14th, 15th and 16th day of the month of Kartika. Kali puja is observed on the 14th day; whereas, on the 15th and 16th days, Dipavali and Bhatri Dwitiya are celebrated.
Besides these festivals, one can also come across a number of other Cuttack festivals. To name them:
- Jhulana Yatra
- Rasa Poornima
- Kumar Poornima
Last Updated on 30 August 2012