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The city of Balasore is noted not only for its contemporary technological achievements, but also for its vibrant Odia culture.

Festivals in Balasore also has a magnetic attraction for visitors from all over India and the world.

Makar Mela:

The famous festivals like Makara Sankranti, Raja Sankranti,Ganga Mela,Durga Puja,Kali Puja,Gonesh Chaturthi, Saraswati Puja,Laxmi Puja,Bishwakarma Puja,Chandan festival,Car festival, Maha Shivaratri,Dola Purnima, Idd, Moharrum ,Christmas Day etc.are performed with pump and ceremony by the people of Balasore. Balasore is famous for the most attractive and enjoyable game “ Akhada ” played during Durga Puja by Hindus & during Moharrum by Muslims.

Megha Mela:

Megha Mela fair is held during the months of January and February. Megha Mela is a colorful festival and is held at Khandagiri.

Maha Shivaratri:

The festival of Maha Shivaratri is held during the months of February and March. Maha Shivaratri falls on the 14th night of Phalgun and is observed by devotees from all over the Indian subcontinent. The believers keep fast and perform Puja throughout the night.

Taratarini Mela

Taratarini Mela is held in the months of March and April. Taratarini Mela is one of Orissa's biggest fairs.


Ashokastami -the Car festival of Lord Lingaraj is held at 'Chaitra' The protege of Lord Lingaraj is transported on a chariot from the main temple to Rameswar temple. After four days, the idol is returned.