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Fair and Festivals of Orissa
Orissa is not only an ideal choice for temples and monuments, beaches and flora and fauna but also for colorful fairs and festivals. The festivals are as numerous as the days in a year each with a difference having an individuality of its own.
A festival of classical dance forms performed by the celebrated danseurs of the country on the open air auditorium set amidst the casuarina grove against the back drop of sun temple, a world heritage monument. During the festival evenings the atmosphere is surcharged with rhythmic dancing beats and melodious tunes.
Puri,the abode of Lord Jagannath is a wonderful beach resort for leisure tourists. It is known for its thirteen major festivals of Lord Jagannath celebrated every year.
A big fair called 'Bali Yatra'is held on Mahanadi river bank at Cuttack on the full moon day of Kartik to commemorate the glorious past of commercial voyages to the islands of Bali.
Ratha Yatra known as Car Festival is the grandest of all festivals in Orissa. It is the sacred journey of Lord Jagannath with brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra from the main Jagannath temple to another shrine called Gundicha Mandir for nine days. It begins from the 2nd day of the bright half of Asadha which falls in June-July every year. Thousands of devotees from all over India and abroad gather on that at Puri to pull the sacred chariots.
One of the biggest fairs of Orissa which takes place on each Tuesdays of the month of Chaitra from around mid-March to mid-April at Taratarini Pitha. The place is 30 km from Berhampur. A grand congregation takes place on the third Tuesday.
Known as Chhau Festival the fair commences in Aril every year and continues for three days concluding on 'Mahavishuva Sansranti Day' at Baripada. This is a festival of festivals that is enjoyed by the people of the country and the enthusiasts from abroad.
This festival is held in the holy town of Puri. It is the festival of art and culture with finest offerings of Orissa's handloom, handicraft, cuisine, dance, music and its famed sand art .
This festival is held in early January. Its ten days are filled with fun and frolic of Mukteshwar Dance festival held against the backdrop of the arch of Mukteshwar temple. Besides this handloom and handicraft exhibitions Ekamra Haat Exhibition and flower shows add color to the festival.
Rajarani Music Festival:
Enjoy classical music at the Rajarani Music Festival held against the backdrop of the Rajarani temple in Bhubaneswar. The musical evenings are spent with excellent performances by the great maestros of Indian classical music with darbari gayans.