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Ekamra Utsav

Ekamra Utsav:an important festival of Orissa

Ekamra Utsav is a ten day long festivity that usually takes place in the Bhubaneswar, capital city of Orissa. The festival of Orissa  is basically dedicated to Lord Shiva and aims at promoting the cultural heritage of the state. Ekamra Utsav has derived its name from the word ‘Ekamra’ meaning ‘Mango Garden’. There is a myth associated with the initiation of this festival. It is said that Lord Siva was searching for a secluded place, where he could go and meditate. On the advice of Lord Narada, he went to the Ekamra Kanan (forest) of India and began meditating. It is at this place that he got settled as Lord Lingaraj, along with His consort, Goddess Parvati. The forest was called Ekamra Kanan (forest), owing to its extensive vegetation of mango trees. Ekamra Utsav is actually a multi disciplinary event comprising of the National Handloom Exhibition (consisting of fabrics gathered from the famous textile centers of Orissa).

A lively downtown festival in early January, Ekamra Utsav is a life-time experience for the vacationers. The highlight of the festivities is Mukteswar Dance Festival held on the courtyards of this famed temple where the eminent exponents of Odissi dance enliven the stage with their magical performances. Besides the dance performances, the visitors to Ekamra Utsav are treated to an expo of traditional art and craft, a flower show, a multicultural food court, a heritage walk and the attractive discounts offered by the leading shopping centers to the tourists, complement the mood of the festival . A Half Marathon, the biggest ever in the State, traversing through important intersections of the city adds spice to the Utsav.

Ekamra Utsav Highlights :

  • Mukteswar Dance Festival : Mukteswar Temple Complex
  • National Handloom : Exhibition Ground
  • National Handicraft Expo : Exhibition Ground
  • International Food Festival : Exhibition Ground
  • Folk Dance Festival : Exhibition Ground
  • Flower Show at Regional Plant Resource Centre
  • Walking Tours of Heritage Corridors near Mukteswar Complex
  • Laxmaneswar
  • Shopping Festival
  • Half Marathon