Bali Jatra-2018 kicks-off in Odisha’s Cuttack
Cuttack: The world famous Bali Jatra kicked off at Bali Jatra Ground on the banks of Mahanadi river on Friday.
Odisha Finance Minister Shashi Bhusan Behera inaugurated the festival in the presence of Sports Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera, Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Panda, Health Minister Pratap Jena and local leaders along with the officials of the district administration.
The open fair will continue for the next ten days.
The largest trade fair of the state is being organised as per the guidelines set by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
The annual festival is held to mark the day when ancient Sadhabas(ancient mariners) would set sail to distant lands of Bali, for trade and cultural expansion.
It also marks the culmination of all the religious festivities held in the month of Karthik, which is considered as the most auspicious month out of the 12 months in a calendar year.
Bali Jatra also provides a lot of cultural programs to the millions of people from all over the nation who come to experience it.
Besides, different food stalls selling Oriya delicacies (Cuttacki Dahivada Aludum, Thunka puri, Barafa pan, Gupchup, etc.) from different parts of the state, and other vendors selling Handicraft product, Handloom Product, curiosities, and other gifts are also seen during the festival.