Dates for 213th Lanka Podi Jatra 2014, Daspalla , Nayagarh 2014 #Odisha
World Famous Lankapodi jatra – The Schedule Dates for 213th Lanka Podi Jatra 2014, Mahaveer khetra ,Daspalla , Nayagarh 2014 #Odisha
Lankapodi Yatra is centuries old. From available records, it is believed that this Yatra started from 1802 AD. Sources from Daspalla Hostory by Nilamani Bisoi (1834) state that Raghunath Jew was set up by King Trilochan Bhanj (1753-1775). Read the History More .
Welcome to 213th Lankapodi Jatra at Mahaveer Khetra , Daspalla – Nayagarh – Odisha ,
Date of Lanka Podi Jatra 2014 :- Lanka Podi Yatra at Mahaveer khetra Daspalla to start on Ram Navami which will be celebrated on April 8th April 2014 and Lankapodi happens after 12th days of RamNavami is 22nd April 2014 .
The Lanka Podi festival gets a special mention in the cultural kaleidoscope of Odisha because of the spectacular grandeur employed in presentation of Ramleela. The festival is an annual event for Daspalla, better known as Mahavir Khetra for housing a temple of Lord Mahavir (signifying Lord Hanuman), the presiding deity of the area.
During the festival days, daily one episode of Ramleela, the great epic of Ramayana, will be performed starting from the birth of Lord Ram. On the last day of the festival, demon Ravana is killed by Lord Rama and the victory of truth over evil is celebrated with colourful fireworks. Special attraction of the Yatra would be the movable 35-feet tall wooden idol of 10-headed Ravana and his Pushpaka Bimana.
A mile long street turns the arena from the temple to the improvised city of Lanka of Ravana. While the performance is done in phases, the acting area expands from place to place in the street where platforms are made for the characters, who reach from the temple in a procession each night. The artistes who participate in the festival observe strict penance.
According to historians, the Yatra has its origin from the reign of king Trilochan Bhanj in 1802. At first, Ramayan written by Vikram Narendra was being recited before Lord Mahavir followed by dances by artistes wearing wooden masks. It was King Krushna Chandra Bhanj who later added colour to the Yatra in 1805. The organisers of this Yatra are, however, unhappy with the State Government’s attitude towards it. Lanka Podi Yatra Committee secretary Suryamani Das said despite historical evidence of the festival being 200 years old, no steps have yet been initiated by the State Government to promote it. “It is due to contribution of the locals that the festival can be organised,” he added. (src Pradipta Patnaik -Nayagarh )