A week commemorating past trading links with Indonesia. A huge fair is held on the river bank in Cuttack and you can buy anything from cattle to fine textiles and silver filigree.
Devotees fast and perform pujas (prayers or offerings) throughout the night ready to witness the priest placing a sacred lamp on the top of Lingaraj Mandir.
Immense chariots containing Lord Jagannath, brother Balbhadra and sister Subhadra are hauled from Jagannath Mandir to Gundicha Mandir, beside Puri’s main bus stand.
Steeped in traditional music and dance, the Konark Festival takes place in an open-air auditorium with the gorgeous Sun Temple as a backdrop.
Bhubaneswar goes tribal for the annual Adivasi Mela festival, celebrating the art, dance and handicrafts of Odisha’s tribal groups.
An exposition of Odishan tribal dances and music. Contact Odisha Tourism (www.orissatourism.gov.in) as the location changes yearly.
This Puri festival celebrates the sun entering the orbit of Capricorn. Surya, the sun god, is the attention of worship.
Song, dance, food and cultural activities, including sand artists, on the beach.
The idol of Lord Lingaraj is taken by chariot to Bindu Sagar for ritual bathing and then to Rameswaram Temple for a four-day stay.
Sun festival, with pilgrims bathing en masse at the beach before sunrise then worshipping at the temple.