Khandua Pata Saree
Khandua Pata Saree

Saree that identifies with the State Odisha

During my childhood, I knew pata saree (silk saree) meant Khandua which my mother used to wear for wedding ceremonies, festivals or on special occasions. Due to the place of origin of Khandua Pata which is from Cuttack and Maniabandha, the other two names given to Khandua Sarees is Kataki or Maniabandhi saree.

Now after some decades, I am wearing Khandua, my mother wears Khandua and my grand mother wears Khandua. This saree is perfect for women of all age groups. …

Worship the Gods while enjoying soothing weather.

Margashirsha is the ninth lunar month in the Hindu calendar.

Margashira month is named after the star Mrigasira. This month comes when (purnima ) Full Moon Day coincides with Mrigasira constellation. People say that during this month Mrigasira Nakshatra or star comes around purnima day. It marks the beginning of a new season called Hemanta Ritu that generally occurs during the English calendar months of November and December.

Hemanta Ritu is referred to as ‘pre winter’ in Odisha.

Nagarjuna Besha of the Lords

Lord Jagannath is much more than a deity. He is a way of life, an emotion, a feeling that binds all of us. He is a friend, a guide, sacred and hence lovingly addressed by different names.

We derive strength just by seeing the eyes, the two big black dots circled by a white outer ring.He is an integral part of our lives. In Odisha people lovingly refer to Him as if he a family member.

Kartika month overlaps October and November as per English Calendar. In Odisha, this month is considered to be the holiest of all months. It is known to be the best month of the year to become one with the Supreme Being.

People of all ages across Odisha visit Puri for Shree Jagannath darshan. Most of them (specifically widows) observe vrat during the month.

Also known as ‘The Mathura of Southern India’.

Me and Swati (my friend) went to ‘Coorg’ in 2017, a district in the state of Karnataka, on the slopes of the Western ghats. Coorg is known as the Scotland of India. For nature lovers, this place is just mesmerising.

During our return to Mumbai, we stayed for one day in Mangalore. We visited Udupi which is around 60 km north of Mangalore.

The Shri Krishna Matha, dedicated to Lord Krishna, is located in the town of Udupi. The temple is considered as one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in Southern India. …

The Making of Sambalpuri: A tale of Art and Devotion

Odisha weavers have been creating magic for generations. This write up gives a glimpse about what is weaving and how it is done, along with a brief about the history of Odisha weaving.


According to art historians, handloom weaving in Odisha goes back to 600 BC. The history of this art is linked to Lord Jagannath.

Four primary colours used in keeping with this tradition are white, black, yellow, and red, with green added at a later date. These colours are said to denote the past, present, and future, to the Vedas and the Gods. …

Always. Even in the mess.

Life is beautiful because there is just so much to explore, to wonder, and to learn about!

Ratha Yatra (also called as Car Festival or Chariot Festival) is a Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Odisha.

This annual festival is celebrated on Ashadha Shukla Paksha Dwitiya (second day in bright fortnight of Ashadha month).

Devasnana Purnima, JUN 05, 2020

All You Need To Know About The Sacred Devasnana Purnima!

The Snana Yatra Or Devasnana Purnima is a bathing festival celebrated on the Purnima of the month Jyeshtha. This year it is on the 5th of June, which is today.

This is the first occasion in the year as per the Hindu calendar, when the deities Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra, Sudarshan, and Madanmohan are brought out from the Jagannath Temple (Puri) and taken in a procession to the Snana Bedi.

Wondering how I can make a difference

We are 3 sisters, I am the youngest. Our age difference is not much, so we share our dresses very easily like all other similar size siblings.

When we were kids we used to put on very smart frocks. My mother used to get the dresses made by sitting with the tailor and guiding him with the exact look she wanted, sometimes by drawing the neckline, the sleeves and the borders.

Often she referred to magazines for the design. She visited many shops to get the cloth (reasonably priced) and matching laces.

During our college days, we sisters did the…

Sonali Patnaik

Indian Handloom Manufacturer and Trader, online seller, handloom promoter, Social Entrepreneur

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