Cuttack: Bali Yatra will begin on the banks of Mahanadi river in Odisha’s Cuttack city today. The eight-day long fair is scheduled to end on November 19.
For the first time, Bali Jatra has been accorded State-level festival status.
While at least 1500 shops have been set up in the trade fair, the grand event will be officially inaugurated by the Speaker of Odisha Legislative Assembly Surjya Narayan Patro.
The Twin City Commissionerate Police has imposed restrictions on vehicular movement from 3 pm to 1 am during the Bali Jatra to streamline traffic system. Bhuasuni field, Anand Bhawan field, Dayashram field, Kartikeswar Gada left side and western side field, Mundasahi field, two fields on eastern and western side of Mundasahi, Gorakabar field and BOSE field are identified as the designated parking spaces.
Boita Bandana and Bali Yatra are two important annual events held on the Kartika Purnima. They mark the conclusion of all religious activities of Kartika month which is considered as the holiest month of the lunar year. Both are reminiscent of maritime trade that once flourished in the State.
Boita bandana utsava is a socio-religious festival whereas, Bali yatra is a large trade fair.