Bhubaneswar: As the curtains of the week-long Bali Yatra festival is all set to come down on Saturday, a sea of humanity seemed to have converged at the fairground, spread over 47 acres.
As with previous years, the Pallishree Mela, organised by Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS), is continuing to be a major crowd puller this year.
Business is also brisk at Gandhi Shilpa Bazaar. Around 150 kiosks from 15 states, including Assam, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha had come up at the Gandhi Shilpa Bazaar.
The food stalls at Bali Yatra grounds stacked with mouth-watering stuff were also the crowd pullers in the initial days. People relished a number of delicacies including popular local cuisines – dahi bara, thunkapuri and mouth watering non-vegetarian dishes like prawn and fish chops, mutton biriyani etc, deciding to make the purchases at a later date.
Apart from local dishes, visitors are also getting ample opportunity to taste cuisines from other parts of the country including the Mohan-thaal, Chhole with rice, Dal Bati, Churma laddu and Jodhpuri Dahi bada.
Besides the food stalls, the Gana Kabi Baishnab Pani pandal, located at the center of the fairground too is a big hit as cultural groups from state and outside are mesmerizing the revelers with spectacular performances.
Similarly, Meena Bazaars having giant wheels, amusement swings and other play rides are providing full-scale entertainment to children and youngsters.