On the day of Maha Panchami of Goddess Durga, the Millenium city is shining with colorful lights and decorations.
Odisha’s cultural festivals are an integral part of the state’s diversity and colorfulness, bringing together people from different classes and walks of life. Cuttack is the festive capital of the state. Known as the city of 52 bazar 53 Galli, the city celebrates at least a festival every month. Be it Pala, Daskathaia, Ram Leela, Asta Prahari or Dola, Kumarpurnima, Khudurukuni or Ganesh Puja, Baliyatra and Durga Puja. The people of this oldest city of Odisha never miss a chance to celebrate.
Durga Puja is celebrated twice a year i.e Basanti Durga and the Durga Puja in October.
For us, Puja is not just a festival, but it is in our emotion says Suman Sekhar Mohapatra, a resident of NayakSahi. Binay of College Square says the Puja weeks brings lots of happiness with it. Be it wearing new clothes, visiting puja mandaps or distributing sweets to friends and clients, there is a charm in everything we do.
Dussehra or Dasahara is also the season of Odia movies and music albums. Music composer Barish Biswajit says though we get paid, but its blessings of Maa Durga that I get the opportunity to compose or sing new devotional music album for Maa. This year Biswajit has recorded three Odia bhajans for the festive.
At the same time, Subrat Subbu says, its a matter of pride for us being an Odia or Katki, that the city has now more than 30 Chandi Medha or tableau with Silver filigree works. This year we have three more Chandi Medha. The three Puja committees are Chatra Bazar, Ganga Mandir, and Bidanasi. About 152 idols are installed in the city.
Watch the video for the new Chandi Medha of 2019.
Also Read: List of Chandi Medha at Cuttack 2019