Sital Sasthi

Admn Imposes Blanket Ban on Vulgar Dances During Sital Sasthi Carnival

Sambalpur police has decided to impose a blanket ban on vulgar dances during the three-day Sital Sasthi festival which will be celebrated here from 2nd June. Taking note of strong reactions to ‘public display of obscenity’ in the procession during Sital Sasthi celebration, police administration here has come up with strictures not to allow vulgar

Heat fails to dampen Sital Sashti revelry

The scorching heat failed to deter the enthusiasm of more than one lakh people, who thronged to seep in the festive joy during the climax of Sital Sasthi Yatra, here on Sunday. This western Odisha town recorded 46.3 degree Celsius, while the minimum temperature was 30.1 degree Celsius, higher than Saturday’s 27 degree Celsius. The

Sital Sasthi: Gods back in their abodes

After a week-long festivity, curtains came down on the Sital Sasthi in Sambalpur. As the Lords entered their respective temples on Sunday, revellers retired to their homes after having hectic time. Earlier in the morning, intense heat and humidity failed to dampen the spirits of people who kept thronging various Shiva temples to get a

Vulgar dance organizers face police music

Police arrested two persons on Sunday for allegedly promoting raunchy dances during the Sital Sasthi festival at Barpali in Bargarh district. Police said the accused, Ashok Sahu and Tatan Talukdar, had organized a vulgar dance show in a play ground and charging money from people eager to see it. “We have taken immediate step to

Lord Shiva-Parbati, the newly wedded couple visit the city to bless the devotees

After the sacred marriage ceremony of lord Shiva-Parbati, the newly wedded couple have paid a visit to the city to bless the devotees. The couple after tying their knot returned to the temple and on the midnight started their visit to the city with other deities. In a well decorated Chariot the godly couple created

Sital Shasthi Procession in sambalpur

Sital Sasthi festival bridges Brahmanical divide

This year the Sital Sasthi festival has brought together two sections of Brahmins, who have been at loggerheads since decades. All these years the Aranyak and Utkaliya groups have been organizing their independent yatras. The Aranyaks originating from Uttar Pradesh live in Sambalpur’s Jhaduapara, while the Utkaliyas (Odia) Brahmins from Puri live in Nandapara. There

Cry for chaste celebration of divine union

Upping its ante against the prevalence of raunchy dance performances on the occasion of the annual Sital Sasthi celebrations, the coordination committee of the festival ordered against such performances during the week-long festival, to be held from May 21 to 27 in Sambalpur. Instead, folk dances of Rajasthan, Assam, Bihar and Chhattisgarh would be prime