Jajpur,06/01/19:The week long annual Dharmasala Mahotsav in Dharmasala of Jajpur district attracted many artisans, dancers, poets , singers and other performers.
Dharmasala areas famous for Langudi, kaima Bajragiri,Deuli,Radha nagar and Tarapur the famous Buddhist sites buzzed with cultural activities during the Dharmasala Mahotsava for a week recently.
Dharmasala Mahotsav site has been lit up with decorative lights. Hundreds of artisans , dancers and others participated in the festival.
The aim of the festival is to spread the message of peace and love, and to educate people about the teachings of Buddha and cultural heritages of Dharmasala, said Ranjan das district collector of Jajpur.
Besides cultural functions, many handicraft centres of the state also opened their stalls in the festival. For centuries Dharmasala area has been the pilgrimage centre for Buddhists. Buddhism can be explored through its beautiful monasteries, sculpture, paintings and its colourful festivals. One such festival is Dharmasala Mahotsava, said Chiraman of Dharmasala block Pravat Balabantaray In 2007 to promote religious and cultural tourism, some organisations launched the annual festival Dharmasala Mahotsav at Dharmasala.The festival includes folk dances, Goti Pua dance, Odishi dance, Ghoda Nacha or Horse Dance drama based on the life of Lord Buddha and photo exhibitions, said Balabantaray.
Dharmasala festival is also a photographer’s delight as visually they are simply spectacular. People come from far and wide for this festival to add to the enthusiasm and joy with which it was celebrated. Ritual dances representing the triumph of Good over Evil are part of the festivities. These dances depicted the victory of the powerful deities of Mahayana Buddhism over evil spirits. The dancers are a swirl of colours as they gracefully execute the movements, wearing multi-hued robes and grotesque masks symbolising both evil and good spirits. It is an amazing sight guaranteed to hold every spectator spellbound till the very end Said Jaladhar Mohanty The President of the Mahotsav Committee. The Dharmasala Mahotsav is the dream come true event for the people of Dharmasala and its nearby areas. Many people witnessed colourful dances, dramas and photo exhibitions.