Bhubaneswar: On the auspicious occasion of Magha Saptami, the annual Khandagiri ‘Kumbha Mela’ is all set to begin at the foothills of Khandagiri and Udaygiri hills in the state capital today.
The mela takes off every year on the occasion of Magha Saptami, the seventh day of the second quarter of the holy month Magha, which fell on Wednesday, January 24, this year.
The mela, a mix of contemporary and ancient, is a congregation of sadhus and visitors from the city and far flung areas.
Leaders and followers of various Hindu religious sects from different states have assembled here in large numbers to perform rituals of Nama Yajna and Sankirtana Yajna to commemorate the mela.
Around 300 kiosks selling items such as wooden utensils, bamboo, stone carvings and various household items have come up at the fair. Joyrides and eateries have also found place at the venue. Thirteen jatra troupes will stage their productions at the fair.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday inaugurated the first Khandagiri-Udaygiri Mahotsav at the interpretation centre near the twin hills. The four-day extravaganza will witness cultural programmes, food festivals, handicrafts exhibition, sand art and other activities.