Thursday, 2 April 2015

Utkala Dibasa

Odisha, a state in India, has a rich cultural heritage and ancient history. 

1st April is celebrated as Utkala Dibasa. It is also called Odisha Dibasa or Odisha Day.
In Odia language, Dibasa means a day of celebration.

On this day in 1936, Odisha was created as a separate state. It was the first state created on linguistic basis.
Odisha was previously called Utkala. Utkala finds a mention in our National Anthem too.
On the occasion of Utkala Dibasa, buildings are lit and there are celebrations.

Here is the video of the song 'Bande Utkala Janani' (Hail Utkala Motherland)

Apart from #UtkalaDibasa & #Odisha, 'Jai Jagannath' also trended on Twitter on April 1st.
Jagannath means the Lord of the Universe. 
The Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha is one of the char dhams (four places of sacred religious worship) that a Hindu must visit in a lifetime.
Sri Jagannath Temple Puri Odisha
Sri Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha, India

An important event called Nabakalebara will be held this year in the Sri Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha.
Official Logo of Nabakalebara 2015
Everyone loves the marvels of Odisha.

Some glimpses of Odisha from Twitter on #UtkalaDibasa

Here's #UtkalaDibasaQuiz to celebrate Utkala Dibasa:

Hurry! Quiz is LIVE till 19th April 2015! Best of Luck!

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  1. Most interesting post Amrita, wonderful temple, you have such mystical places in your
    wonderful country,
    Best wishes,
    ABCW team.

    1. Thanks for your nice words, Trubes.
      India has incredible places. Do plan to visit.

      Note- My name is Anita.
      Amrita is the one conducting the #UtkalaDibasaQuiz :)
      I guess the reason for the confusion is the image of the quiz here that has her Blog's name.

  2. Anita, I so enjoy your stories of your country and the festivals. So colorful!

    1. Thanks for your appreciation, Linda.
      Do visit India to experience the wonders :)

  3. I LOVE things LINGUISTIC. Very informative.


    1. Thanks Roger :) Glad you liked it!

  4. Though I had a vague idea about this, I knew better from your post ,Anita. Are you there in Odisha now. 'उत्कल जलधि तरंगा '-is that question pertaining to this, the question on the name of the lake? Nice such things.

  5. Wow! Our country's each corner is incredible! Visited the quiz page, I don't know answer for any of the questions... But, I learnt something about Utkala, i.e., Odisha; what I knew was paddy fields, floods and Puri Jagannath that's all...! I am not a Odiya nor I visited Odisha so far, still, I feel very proud of Odisha. Please tell us sometime why Utkala became Odisha.

    Happy Utkala Dibasa :) (Belated though)
    TC! Keep smiling :)

  6. Missed the quiz, but learned a lot about Odisha. Incredible India is full of amazing states.
    Have a great day!

  7. I was wondering where I'd heard this word 'Utkala' and then I saw that you'd mentioned it. Thanks for the info :-)

  8. P.S . I have tagged you for this five day Five stories challenge here –
    Hope you enjoy it.


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