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  • Jan 22 2011

    ICC WorldCup 2011: A Cricketing Carnival and Vacation in India

    ICC World Cup, 2011 is starting from Feb 19 till Apr 02 and will be hosted jointly by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, at more than 10 venues across three countries.

    The countries attract visitors, tourist and supporters and expect the event to provide a spurt to the tourism industry across the region. The venues are well spaced out and the schedule is convenient. This provides an ample amount of time to travel.

    In India cricket has fanatic following. Mesmerizing India will dazzle you. If the thrill of cricket drains you India’s breathtaking beauty and legendary hospitality will sooth you.

    Delhi is a showcase of the cultural rainbow of India besides it serves as a base to Jaipur and Agra etc. Elegant Mumbai, cool Bangalore, magnetic Chennai and lovely Kolkata are some other tourist destinations hosting matches.

    Sri Lanka is aggressively promoting several World Cup packages that include tickets to matches and a country tour. The Emerald Island is a tourist’s paradise with pristine palm-lined beaches and striking waterfalls. The majestic fort of Galle, Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Temple of the Tooth – are all UNESCO world heritage sites waiting for tourists.

    Bangladesh is hosting the Cup for the first time. They are keen on making it a massive success. Travelers and spectators would do well to take full advantage of their holidays and discover this land of rivers and greenery with a diversity ranging from the hill tracts of Chittagong to its magnificent natural harbour and beach.

    Visit India for Cricket World Cup 2011, an advance booking on, accommodation, tour India and book flights to India, it would be helpful to save money if you are planning to travel there during the cricket world cup 2011. Matches will take place in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi (all India), Colombo, Hambantota, Kandy (all Sri Lanka), Chittagong and Dhaka (both Bangladesh). The schedule of the matches is a suitable one and shall provide sufficient amount of time for sightseeing to visitors. Spectators would like to explore various each of these beautiful countries.

    Toshali Resorts Invites all the Spectators, Visitors, Tourists, Guests to its prime resorts in topographically diverse landscapes – Toshali Sands - http://bit.ly/gO5TkN and Toshali Royal View Resort – http://bit.ly/goHmRf .

    Do not miss to explore the Incredible India travel when you are ICC World Cup 2011 Cricketing Carnival.  Toshali Tours and Travels is a  travel management company and tour operator recognised and approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Department of Tourism, Government of Orissa. For More details on the Incredible India tour package visit athttp://bit.ly/fsbmXf .

    HELP…! HELP…! You can also contact your Travel Consultant “Metu” at metu@toshali.in for HELP with your travel and accomodation when you are in India during the ICC WorldCup 2011

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  • Jan 21 2011

    A Mangalajodi Sojourn: Wild Orissa Eco Tourism to get close to birds and biodiversity

    Haven’t you ever been out with your friends and family and caught sight of an odd bird? You probably wish that you knew these migratory birds whether they are squawking seagull or humble sparrow. It is natural delight to watch birds whether you are old one or younger one. Mangalajodi village near Chilika lake, Orissa is a place where you can watch more than 1, 50,000 birds in the peak season.

    Mangalajodi Eco Tourism (Image Courtesy kolkatabirds)

    Mangalajodi Eco Tourism (Image Courtesy kolkatabirds)

    Getting to Mangalajodi village is task but perhaps there is something to say for your journey that you don’t want to miss in your life.

    With every stage of the travel towards Mangalajodi you will move a step far from the rapidity of life you spent in Delhi, Mumbai or any cities of India, but getting closer to the mildness of nature’s beauty. You can’t say that there is no adventure to be had or your tour to Maglajodi is not idyllic.

    Mangalajodi village is home to all migratory birds that in every winter migrate here to spend winter in its warm water. Ducks like Shovellers, Pintail, Garganey, Pochards and Gadwall and waders like black winged Stilts, Black Tailed Godwits, Ringed Plovers undertake this journey from Central Asia and Europe etc across the Himalayas and return in summer season.

    How well do you know Mangalajodi ……

    Manglajodi is a small picturesque village on Chilika Lake famous for marshes fowl congregations located 60 kms to south-west of Bhubaneswar city and 4kms south-east of Tangi town in Khurda district of Orissa, India.

    Brahminy Kite at Mangalajodi (Image by Kolkatta Birds

    Brahminy Kite at Mangalajodi (Image by Kolkatta Birds

    Earlier this site was used for roosting, foraging and nesting by the avian population. Killing, Trapping and subsequent selling of birds were ritual here. Every night, poison were spread here to kill birds, shooters frequently visit this place. In 1997, some volunteers and NGOs of Wild Orissa have taken serious steps to save the wetland. Slowly and steadily they are able to save this place and in 2000 they made a “Sri Mahavir Pakshi Suraksha Samity” of Mangalajodi. And it become a “ Pachers” village that do this task on commercial scale.

    Now Manglajodi is designated as “Important Bird Area” by Birdlife International for its significant global waterfowl habitat.

    Tourist’s attractions you can’t afford to miss…

    • The prime attractions of Manglajodi are birds, birds and wild birds……! but while watching birds you can enjoy boating and feed the birds. You can experience conservation as Saviors patrol in Mangalajodi to protect the birds and know their migratory patterns and breeding cycles.
    • Photography and Local cuisine are  delights of this area. You will love it.
    • Along with Mangalajodi you can visit Chilka Lake and Nalabana Bird Sanctuary. Every winter, Chilika has 7, 00, 000 to 8, 00,000 birds compromising 121 species.

    Best time for visit: November to March every year

    Ruddy Shelduck at Mangalajod (Image by Kolkatta Birds

    Ruddy Shelduck at Mangalajod (Image by Kolkatta Birds

    Where to stay:

    You can  get your accommodation at Toshali Sands and contact the  Travel Desk, they will be glad to help you to reach Mangalajodi in 2 hours.

    Getting there to Manglajodi  is easy

    Nearest Airport: Bhubaneshwar (Odisha State Capital)

    Railway: Bhubaneswar is well connected to train, nearest railway stations are Mukateshwar and Kalupada Ghat  on S.E. Railway’s Howrah-Chennai line

    Road: Well connected, Tangi on NH5 is the nearest town. Bhubaneshwar city is a 2 hour drive from Mangalajodi.

    Ethnic Village Resort “Toshali Sands” at Puri offer an exclusive budget accommodation package to take you to Mangalajodi Wetlands, Chilka, Orissa fro For Reservation and Booking Open from November to March, Book Your Package at http://bit.ly/gO5TkN . Contact your Travel Desk Consultant “Metu” for more information on Manglajodi Eco Tourism at metu@toshali.in

  • Jan 18 2011

    Saraswati Puja : The Festival of Goddess of Learning in India

    “Yaa Kundendu Tushaara Haaradhavalaa, Yaa Shubhravastraavritha
    Yaa Veenavara Dandamanditakara, Yaa Shwetha Padmaasana
    Yaa Brahmaachyutha Shankara Prabhritibhir Devaisadaa Vanditha
    Saa Maam Paatu Saraswati Bhagavatee Nihshesha Jaadyaapaha…”

    Meaning :

    May Goddess Saraswati, who is fair like the Jasmine coloured moon and whose garland is like frosty dew drops, who is adorned with radiant white clothes and on whose beautiful palm and arm rests the Veena, those throne is a white lotus, and who is surrounded and respected by the Gods beginning with Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Maheshwar, protect me. I implore Her to totally remove my laziness and sluggishness .

    Maa Saraswati Puja

    Mother or Maa Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge, music and the arts. She is the consort of Brahma and the “Mother of the Vedas”.

    Saraswati is known as a guardian deity in Buddhism by offering protection and assistance to practitioners. In Burmese, she is Thurathadi, in Chinese as Biàncáitiān, in Thai as Surasawadee and in Japanese as Benzaiten.

    Goddess Saraswati represents intelligence, consciousness, cosmic knowledge, creativity, education, enlightenment, music, the arts, and power. She is worshipped for “secular knowledge”, and “divine knowledge”.

    In hindu mythology, in some Skanda Purana, she is sister of Shiva (Shivaanujaa) and in some Tantras sister of Ganesha.

    Goddess Saraswati represents the union of power and intelligence from which organized creation arises. Saraswati possesses all the learning of the Vedas, scriptures, dancing, music and poetry. She is wisdom, fortune, intelligence, nourishment, brilliance, contentment, splendor and devotion. She is depicted as a gracefully seated or standing goddess, holding a veena, a musical instrument, a rosary and the scripture. The ‘bahon’ are the ‘rajhansa’ (swan) and the ‘mayur’ (peacock). The instrument symbolizes knowledge of the arts held in high esteem in Vedic tradition. The rosary points to the meditative qualities necessary to acquire knowledge. The scripture is knowledge in itself. The swan signifies discrimination between right and wrong, while the peacock points to the mundane, the unstable.

    In Eastern India, Odisha,West Bengal, Bihār and Assam. Goddess Saraswati  is worshipped on Vasant Panchami and also known as Sree Panchami, in Magha month (January–February). day and in Southern India on the Navratris. She is bedecked in all white and adorned in yellow color dress on the day and books and writing instruments are placed before her.

    In the eastern parts of India, Palash or flame of the forest and marigold flowers form an important part of her offering. Children are also initiated into the world of learning on the day. Saraswati Puja is also known as Boi or Bahi Puja ( a worship of books)

    In the South India Lotus and jasmine are offered. It is all vegetarian fare all day long and the most alluring part was that the strictest of all parents would not ask you to study on the day. It is believed that the Goddess blesses the books and writing instruments etc on that day.

    “Saraswati Namasthubhyam
    Varade Kamarupini
    Vidhyarambam Karishyami
    Siddhir Bavathume Sadha”

    This sloka (mantra) of  Goddess Saraswati can be recited daily to improve memory, power and concentration in studies.

    In 2011, Saraswati Puja is celebrated all over India by Hindus on 8th February 2011 (Tuesday)

    Toshali Resorts offers for India festivals to visit Orissa, West Bengal, Assam, India for Saraswati Puja festivals. Book Your Package at. For More Information, contact your Travel Manager Metu at metu@toshali.in

  • Jan 15 2011

    Holi Festival: A Colourful Celebration in India

    The colorful festival is observed across the Indian subcontinent and
    places with large Hindu Diasporas like Suriname, Guyana, South Africa,
    Trinidad, UK, USA, Mauritius, and Fiji. In West Bengal and Bangladesh
    it is known as Dol-yatra. The most celebrated Holi is that of the Braj
    region, in locations connected with Lord Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan
    and Barsana. Holi lasts here to up to sixteen days.
    Legend says Demoness Holika, carried little Prahlad into the fire to
    destroy him and got burnt – Choti Holi – a day before the main
    festival celebrates this with a bonfire. On Holi day, also known as
    Dhulandi or Dhulendi by people throw colored powder and water at each
    other.
    In Braj bhoomi Holi commemorates of the divine love of Shri Radha
    Krishna. Krishna, legend says complained to his mother about his dark
    and Shri Radhika’s fair complexion. Yashoda asked him to color Radha’s
    face. The celebrations mark the end of winter and ushers in spring. It
    is celebrated on the last full moon of Phalguna (February/March).
    Rangapanchami, the fifth day of the full moon marks the end of
    festivities.
    An alternative story marks Holi as the destruction and recreation of
    Kamdeva by Lord Shiva. Holika Dahan is referred to as Kama Dahanam in
    Andhra Pradesh.
    Reference of Holi is found in Narada Purana and Bhavisya Purana and
    Harshavardhan’s Ratnavali.
    Barsana’s ‘Lath mar holi’ is unique. It is Shri Radha’s village. The
    Kumaoni holi(s)– Baithaki, Mahila Holi and Khari Holi are an unique
    journey into melody, besides sharing other traditional aspects.
    Holi is called Phagwa in Bhojpuri. In Bengal ‘Dol Yatra’ sees
    traditional fanfare and in Orissa Lord Jagannath replaces idols of
    Shri Radha Krishna.
    Holi is a part of Goan or Konkani spring festival known as Śigmo. In
    Gujarat some celebrations reflect the rituals of Barsana.
    Holi merges with the centuries-old festival of Yaosang in Manipur. The
    folk dance ‘thaabal chongba’ is performed to beats of drum on the full
    moon night of Lamta (Phalgun).

    Khaa Key Gujia, Pee Kae Thandai,

    Laaga k Thora Thora Sa Rang,

    Baaja Ke Bholak Aur Mridang,

    Khele Holi Hum Aap K Sang” ~ HOLI MUBARAK

    The colorful festival is observed across the Indian subcontinent and places with large Hindu Diasporas like Suriname, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, UK, USA, Mauritius, and Fiji. In West Bengal and Bangladesh it is known as Dol-yatra. The most celebrated Holi is that of the Braj region, in locations connected with Lord Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan and Barsana. Holi lasts here to up to sixteen days.

    Legend says Demoness Holika, carried little Prahlad into the fire to destroy him and got burnt – Choti Holi – a day before the main festival celebrates this with a bonfire. On Holi day, also known as Dhulandi or Dhulendi by people throw colored powder and water at each other.

    In Braj bhoomi Holi commemorates of the divine love of Shri RadhaKrishna. Krishna, legend says complained to his mother about his dark and Shri Radhika’s fair complexion. Yashoda asked him to color Radha’s face. The celebrations mark the end of winter and ushers in spring. It is celebrated on the last full moon of Phalguna (February/March). Rangapanchami, the fifth day of the full moon marks the end of festivities.

    An alternative story marks Holi as the destruction and recreation of Kamdeva by Lord Shiva. Holika Dahan is referred to as Kama Dahanam in Andhra Pradesh.

    Reference of Holi is found in Narada Purana and Bhavisya Purana and Harshavardhan’s Ratnavali.

    Barsana’s ‘Lath mar holi’ is unique. It is Shri Radha’s village. The Kumaoni holi(s)– Baithaki, Mahila Holi and Khari Holi are an unique journey into melody, besides sharing other traditional aspects.

    Holi is called Phagwa in Bhojpuri. In Bengal ‘Dol Yatra’ sees traditional fanfare and in Orissa Lord Jagannath replaces idols of Shri Radha Krishna.

    Holi is a part of Goan or Konkani spring festival known as Śigmo. In Gujarat some celebrations reflect the rituals of Barsana.

    Holi merges with the centuries-old festival of Yaosang in Manipur. The folk dance ‘thaabal chongba’ is performed to beats of drum on the full moon night of Lamta (Phalgun).

    In 2011, Holi, the festival of colours in India will be celebrated on 20th March. Lets the colour shower the Joy of life….

    “Holi Mae Sab Miljate Hai, Khusiyo Ke Rang Khil Jate Hai”  Early Bird Reservation and Booking Open for Family and your friends to celebrate colourful Holi at Toshali Sands, Puri http://bit.ly/eZcJOI and Toshali Royal View Resort, Shimla http://bit.ly/hugCf4 . You can also contact “Metu” your Travel Consultant at metu@toshali.in ..

  • Jan 08 2011

    Valentine’s Day : The Only Holiday Best Celebrated in Pairs

    If any festival has been ‘marketed’ successfully into the calendar of celebrations in India it is Valentine’s Day. The buzz started around the early 1990s and by the new millennia it was a rage. Of course anti-V day activists – Shri Ram Sene et al. has only popularized the celebration of love.

    It is actually a commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love. The day is named after perhaps two early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 500 AD.

    The Valentines commemorated on this day are Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. The former was martyred around 269 ADE. The later was martyred about 197 ADE during persecution of Emperor Aurelian. Sometimes experts equate Valentine’s Day with Lupercalia, an ancient Pagan festival of Rome. Connected to fertility it was observed from February 13 to 15.

    The economic liberalisation ushered in globalization on all levels. The festival became popular, even as purists dubbed it as another decadent Western influence. Then came the age of satellite television and 24X7 tv channels. V-Day, its significance, romanticism in all its alluring avatar was presented right to the living rooms. The fad caught on. We have a penchant for imbibing traditions and despite right wing charges of moral degradation and depravity it is here to stay.

    Not being a hardliner I would softly like to remind that love, passion and their unfettered expression are not Western inventions imported to India, it is very much the other way around.

    Business have cashed in, restaurants, dating portals, florists, almost everyone have cashed in. Even the Indian Postal Department introduced a set of scented stamps which have always seen demand far outstripping supply come February. The point we lose sometimes is that the original Valentines had little romantic elements involved in their life or persecution, but isn’t giving up all for your belief the greatest act of love?

    Valentine Day, a day for love, millions of people wait eagerly with cards, red roses, exotic orchids, heart-shaped candies, chocolates, etc for this day to express their feeling to their near and dear ones.

    So what are you waiting for? Cherish your love and romance with this festival… Request a Quote for Valentines Day Package http://bit.ly/fhrABb and you can send your inquiry at metu@toshali.in to gift a Valentines Day Holiday Package to your beloved……

  • Jan 05 2011

    Maha Shivaratri Festival: The Great Night of Lord Shiva


    “Om Namah Shivaya”

    “Shiva Shiva Shiva Bho Mahadeva Shambho”

    Maha Shivaratri or Shivratri Utsav is a famous Hindu festival in honor ofLord Shiva, one of the Trimurtis in Hinduism. Sivaratri, which literally means “Great Night of Shiva” or “Night of Siva”, is observed on the 13th night/14th day in the Krishna Paksha on the month of Phalgun (February – March) in the Hindu Calendar. Maha Shivratri

    It is said that on this day Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava’, he was married to Goddess Parvati, the Lord consumed the deadly poison – halahal that emerged from the Besides a ‘Maha Shivratri’ there is also a Shivratri for each month. It churning of the ocean to save his creation. It has great significance in Hinduism. According to scriptures, worship of Lord Shiva on Shivratri that falls on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalgun pleases the Lord most. Legend says Lord Shiva himself said this to devi Parvati when she asked about the form of worship that pleased him the most – as he finished his ‘Anandatandava’ after creating the universe.

    The Puranas mention stories where being Lord Vishnu and Brahma unsuccessfully tried to find the beginning or end of Lord. There is also the story of Raja Chitrabhanu as Bhisma of Mahabharata narrated on his deathbed.

    Lord Shiva is offered cooling substances like water, milk, ‘Bel’ leaves etc and a ritual fast and reading or listening to associated stories of the lord are part of the puja. Associated rituals include Tripundra – the three horizontal lines of holy ash on the brow, with a dot as the third eye. The three lines represent the soul’s three bonds: anava, karma, and maya. The made of burnt cow dung, is symbolic of the transient physical body form and the urgency for spiritual attainment. The rudraksh is worn to please the Lord Shiva.

    Besides a ‘Maha Shivratri’ there is also a Shivratri for each month. It happens on the ‘Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi’ of each lunar month.

    The night after ‘Mahashivratri’ is amavasya, dark night when, symbolically nothing but ignorance and injustice prevails. This night signifies Kali yug. Lord Shiva symbolically ‘arrived’ before the onset of Kali yug to lessen the suffering of his creation.

    Maha Shivratri Legends

    There are numerous interesting legends associated with Maha Shivaratri festival.
    • Rudra Tandav
    • Divine Wedding
    • Linga Purana
    • Samudra Madhan

    In 2011, the date of Maha Shivratri Festival is on 2nd March 2011 in South India and 3rd March 2011 in North India.


    Toshali Resorts brings you Maha Shivaratri Packages from 01-04 March 2011. With, welcome drink, Cookies / Cake in room, bed tea & afternoon tea with cookies, B/F, lunch or Dinner, on buffet or fixed menu basis, For Reservation and booking visit at http://bit.ly/eihdHn and you can also contact toshali tour and travel advisor at metu@toshali.in


    halahal that emerged from the churning of the ocean to save his
    creation. It has great significance in Hinduism. According to
    scriptures, worship of Lord Shiva on Shivratri that falls on the 14th
    day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalgun pleases the Lord
    most. Legend says Lord Shiva himself said this to devi Parvati when
    she asked about the form of worship that pleased him the most – as he
    finished his ‘Anandatandava’ after creating the universe.
  • Jan 04 2011

    India celebrates 62nd Republic Day on 26th January 2011…! We Salute’

    The Indian constitution came into effect on January 26, 1950, celebrated thereafter as Republic Day. The date was chosen as it on this day in 1930 declaration of independence or ‘Purna Swaraj’ was made at the Lahore Congress.  The site is commemorated by the ‘Minar e Pakistan’ in Lahore. republic-day

    India’s venture on the path of democracy was lauded by none other than then British PM Sir Antony Eden.  On this day the Prime Minister lays a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, at the India Gate, in the memory of unknown soldiers. Then the President arrives along with the chief guest of the occasion. The National flag is unfurled; the National Anthem is played along with a 21-gun salute. Awards for valour, like the Ashok Chakra etc. are given away by the President and the regiments of Armed Forces start their march past. IAF does a fly-past and cultural glimpses from various parts of the country are showcased. Young brave hearts follow in regal procession. Celebrations in states are presided over by Governors.  This is one of India’s three national holidays. On this day India realized the dream of all those freedom fighters who, fought for and sacrificed their lives for freedom.

    Personally January 26 in the school days meant getting up early and cycling to school, dressed in pristine whites and snug in the knowledge that there would be no classes. I was too young to understand implications of weighty terms like freedom and independence but there was a sense of pride when the tricolor fluttered in the chilly January breeze. On the way back home we would be doubly happy with a goody bag, from the school adding to it. Pedaled a bit harder, no point in missing the cricket match.

    26th January is a national holiday all over India. Visit INDIA during this time and you’ll be able to witness and enjoy popular regional musical and dance events, as well as traditional festivals and parades. Kites flying, camels, and cattle race are just some of what’s on offer along with Republic Day Parade!

    Let Toshali Resorts Travel and Trip Planner help you get started. Republic Day Packages  at Toshali  Resorts, from 24th January (monday) – (Sunday) 30th January 2011) – for more details visit http://bit.ly/fV6Bs2 or simply post a mail to metu@toshali.in

  • Jan 01 2011

    Festivals of Orissa in 2011 : Ideal vacation for Family to celebrate

    Famous festivals celebrated in Odisha for the year 2011.

    Odiya Festivals in January 2011

    • 04th January 2011—–Tuesday—Bakula Amabasya
    • 14th January 2011—–Friday—-Makar Sankranti
    • 15th January 2011—–Saturday–Samba Dasami
    • 16th January 2011—–Sunday—-Putrada Ekadasi
    • 20th January 2011—–Thursday–Pushyabhishek
    • 29th January 2011—–Saturday–Shattila Ekadasi

    Odiya Festivals in February 2011

    • 02th February 2011—–Wednesday-Triveni Amabasya
    • 08th February 2011—–Tuesday—Sri Panchami (Saraswati Puja)
    • 13th February 2011—–Sunday—-Kumbha Sankranti
    • 14th February 2011—–Monday—-Bhauma Ekadasi
    • 18th February 2011—–Friday—-Magha Purnima
    • 28th February 2011—–Monday—-Smarta Ekadasi

    Odiya Festivals in March 2011

    • 02nd March 2011—–Wednesday—Maha Shiva Ratri
    • 15th March 2011—–Tuesday—–Phagu Dasami / Meena Sankranti
    • 16th March 2011—–Wednesday—Papanasini Ekadasi
    • 19th March 2011—–Saturday—-Dola Purnima
    • 20th March 2011—–Sunday——Holi
    • 30th March 2011—–Wednesday—Pamamochan Ekadasi

    Odiya Festivals in April 2011

    • 01st April 2011—–Friday——Utkal Divas
    • 03rd April 2011—–Sunday——Chaitra Amabasya
    • 11th April 2011—–Monday——Ashokastami
    • 12th April 2011—–Tuesday—–Rama Navami
    • 14th April 2011—–Thursday—-Maha Vishuba Sankranti / Kamada ekadasi
    • 28th April 2011—–Thursday—-Baruthini Ekadasi

    Odiya Festivals in May 2011

    • 06th May 2011—–Friday——–Akhsaya Trutiya
    • 14th May 2011—–Saturday——Madhusudani Ekadasi
    • 15th May 2011—–Sunday——–Brusha Sankranti
    • 28th May 2011—–Saturday——Jala Krida Ekadasi

    Odiya Festivals in June 2011

    • 01st June 2011—–Wednesday—-Savitri Amabasya
    • 07th June 2011—–Tuesday——Shitala Sasthi
    • 12th June 2011—–Sunday——-Nirjala Ekadasi
    • 14th June 2011—–Tuesday——Prathama Raja
    • 15th June 2011—–Wednesday—-Raja Sankranti
    • 27th June 2011—–Monday——-Khali Lagi Ekadasi

    Odiya Festivals in July 2011

    • 03rd July 2011—–Sunday——-Sri Gundicha (Rath Yatra)
    • 11th July 2011—–Monday——-Bahuda Yatra
    • 12th July 2011—–Tuesday——Hari Shayan Ekadasi
    • 15th July 2011—–Friday——-Vyasa Purnima
    • 16th July 2011—–Saturday—–Karkata Sankranti
    • 26th July 2011—–Tuesday——Kamada Ekadasi
    • 30th July 2011—–Saturday—–Chitalagi Amabasya

    Odiya Festivals in August 2011

    • 09th August 2011—–Tuesday—-Putrada Ekadasi
    • 13th August 2011—–Saturday—Gamha Purnima (Rakhi)
    • 17th August 2011—–Tuesday—-Sinha Sankranti
    • 19th August 2011—–Friday—–Raksha Panchami
    • 21st August 2011—–Sunday—–Janmastami (Smarta)
    • 22nd August 2011—–Monday—–Janmastami (Baishnaba)
    • 25th August 2011—–Thursday—Amla Ekadasi
    • 29th August 2011—–Monday—–Saptapuri Amabasya
    • 31st August 2011—–Wednesday–Bali Trutiya

    Odiya Festivals in September 2011

    • 01st September 2011—–Thursday-Ganesh Chaturthi
    • 02nd September 2011—–Friday—Nua Khai
    • 08th September 2011—–Thursday-Parswa-paribartan Ekadasi
    • 13th September 2011—–Tuesday–Apara Paksha (begins)
    • 17th September 2011—–Saturday-Kanya Sankranti / Vishwakarma Puja
    • 23rd September 2011—–Friday—Indira Ekadasi
    • 27th September 2011—–Tuesday–Mahalaya Amabasya

    Odiya Festivals in October 2011

    • 04th October 2011—–Tuesday—Maha Astami
    • 06th October 2011—–Thursday–Dasahara / Sudasha Brata
    • 07th October 2011—–Friday—-Papankusha Ekadasi
    • 11th October 2011—–Tuesday—Kumar Purnima
    • 17th October 2011—–Monday—-Garbhana (Tula) Sankranti
    • 23rd October 2011—–Sunday—-Rama Ekadasi
    • 25th October 2011—–Tuesday—Dhanwantari Puja
    • 26th October 2011—–Wednesday-Dipavali (Diwali)
    • 30th October 2011—–Sunday—-Naga Chaturthi

    Odiya Festivals in November 2011

    • 04th November 2011—–Friday—Amla Navami
    • 06th November 2011—–Sunday—Prabodhini Ekadasi
    • 10th November 2011—–Thursday-Kartik Purnima
    • 11th November 2011—–Friday—Chhada Khai
    • 17th November 2011—–Thursday-Bicha Sankranti / Manabasa Gurubar (Begins)
    • 19th November 2011—–Saturday-Prathamastami
    • 21st November 2011—–Monday—Uthapan Ekadasi
    • 24th November 2011—–Thursday-Manabasa Gurubar

    Odiya Festivals in December 2011

    • 01st December 2011—–Thursday-Manabasa Gurubar
    • 06th December 2011—–Tuesday–Mokhada Ekadasi
    • 08th Decemberr 2011—–Thursday-Manabasa Gurubar
    • 16th December 2011—–Friday—Dhanu Sankranti
    • 21th December 2011—–Wednesday-Saphala Ekadasi
    • 24th December 2011—–Saturday-Bakula Amabasya

    Toshali Resorts brings exclusive package for tourist, travellers, guest, visitors, pilgrims to witness, participate and celebrate the famous festivals in Orissa. To know more and for package reservation, visit at http://bit.ly/bsZGDN .. To know about the Odisha festivals, post a comment and send a mail to metu@toshali.in

  • Dec 27 2010

    Agni Utsav : The Tribal Agricultural Festival in Orissa

    Agni Utsav is recognised as the national festival in the state of Orissa. It is an agricultural festival the farmers of the state with lots of religious fervor and a splash of colors with celebration styles varying from district to district and tribe to tribe. The tribal families starts preparing much in advance for the Agni Utsav festival.

    Paraja Tribes

    Paraja Tribes

    Orissa holds a great cultural and traditional importance in the country. Agni Utsav, the festivals that revolve around belief in the power of “Agni” – “Fire”. The religious belief of the state is depicted through this festival, where enormous heaps of hay is laid out in the fields on the day of the celebrations which showcase the collective work and bonding among the villagers.

    Traditions and rituals revolves around the Agni Utsav famous among the tribes and  farmer family of Orissa. Starting week before, the women clean the home and the male members collect heaps of hay prior to a week to burn them on Agni Utsav Day. Farmers believe that burning the hay foretells about the crops throughout the  year.

    The significance of the flames of the burning heap of hay bring in many predictions about crops. A westward tilt of the heap indicates floods; tilt on the eastern side means high tides coming to the farm ground. The fire flame tilting north is believed to be auspicious indicating good yield.

    The ritual and ceremony of offering prayers to the God of Fire is another part of the celebration. “Agnidev”  – The “Fire God” would protect the crops from fire and hazards.

    Dongria Tribe

    Dongria Tribe

    Agni Utsav has been the major attraction for International tourist and travelers from different states in India, Tours and Travel Management company are promoting Agni Utsav through the concept of “Village and Rural Tourism” and helping boost Orissa Tourism. Tourist witness and participate inlarge with the tribes and local farmers to celebrate this festival and experience the grass root feeling.

    Agni Utsav is generally celebrated in Mid January to Mid February every year. The date of festival keeps changing every year.  In 2011, Agni utsav will be celebrated on January 25th.

    Toshali Resort have made exclusive arrangement for the “Agni Utsav”, to know more about the village tourism package, visit at http://bit.ly/gD7UMw .. To know more about the custom “Village and Rural Tourism” package, send your details request to your Travel Consultant Metu at metu@toshali.in

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  • Dec 24 2010

    Pongal : The Thanks Giving Harvest Festival in Tamil Nadu

    Pot Rice to Sun God
    Sugarcane to cow and ox
    Sweet rise to you and me
    Good milk to friends and family

    Contributed by: M.Narayanan

    Pongal is known for re-bonding with family and friends. It is It is the biggest harvest festival of Tamil Nadu and celebrated as thanks giving occasion to the nature in mid-January every year. Marked with merrymaking and feasting.

    Happy Pongal (Image courtesy way2reaonline)

    Happy Pongal (Image courtesy way2readonline)

    Pongal festival date is derived from Solar Calendar, usually remains the same. For Hindus this festival is extremely auspicious and astronomically significant. Every year the sun begins its six-months-long journey northwards “Uttarayan” as it is called and moves into the zodiac Capricorn “Makara Rashi” This celestial festival is celebrated as Pongal in South India.

    Pongal is celebrated when the fields are blooming, this signifies the prosperity and good harvest especially for the farming community. During the Pongal celebrations farmers express their gratitude to Sun God and the cattle and thank them for a good harvest.

    Pongal  Calendar 2011

    • Bhogi Pongal 2011 – January 14
    • Surya Pongal 2011 – January 15
    • Mattu Pongal 2011 – January 16
    • Kaanum Pongal 2011 – January 17

    Pongal delicacies are Venn Pongal, Sarkarai Pongal, Chakara Pongal, Sweet Pongal Recipe, Rava Pongal, Khara Pongal, Rice Pongal along with soft idlis, paper dosai, boonda, pineapple rasam, rajma curry, bread idli and milk payasam.

    Across India, Pongal festival is celebrated as “Makar Sankranti” in central India, “Bhugali Bihu” in Assam. In West Bengal, it is celebrate as the “last day of Bengali month Poush”, here thousands of devotees take bath in Gangasagar, the point where the holy river Ganga meets the sea, to wash away all the earthly sins.

    What better way can there be to make this Pongal Festival memorable for your dear one than showering with great Pongal gift of Family Vacation at Toshali Resorts, along with home furnishings, home appliances, electronics, apparel to flowers, cakes, sweet hampers and many more.

    In 2010, Pongal is celebrated on January 14th

    Toshali Resorts, brings you the exclusive Pongal Festival Offer, to know more about the travel details, accommodation and package, visit at http://bit.ly/gD7UMw , tourist can also send their travel details for exclusive South India Tour to Travel Planner Metu at metu@toshali.in

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