Bhubaneswar: The “Khandagiri & Udaygiri Mahotsav” started from 25th to 28thof January this year at Tourism Interpretation centre at Khandagiri. The kharavela mahotsav, being one of the oldest Event was replaced by the “Kandagiri & Udyagiri Mahotsav” this year. The sandstone caves at Udayagiri and Khandagiri bear testimony to India’s glorious past. Kharavela, during whose time these rock cuts were undertaken, was one of the best-known kings of Kalinga. The rock edicts declare the respect and the dedication of the king towards all religions and the love his people bore him. To promote the Tourism in Odisha these Mahostav is organised. The Mahostav was inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The other dignitaries like Ashok Chandra Panda, Hon’ble Minister Tourism & Culture Department ; Shri Priyadarshi Mishra, Hon’ble MLA, BBSR( North); Bijaya Kumar Mohanty, Hon’ble MLA, BBSR ( Central) ; and Ananta Narayan Jena, Mayor BMC,BBSR were renowned Guests in the Event.
There was food festival, Pallishree (handicrafts) Mela, and exhibition of Boyanika , Odisha Maritime Buddhist by department of Odisha Tourism And Culture, State Museum By Archaeologist Department And ASI ( Archaeological Survey Of India) .
Padma Shri Sudarsan Pattnaik beautifully presented his Sand artist. There was Art and Craft exhibition, entertainment Program along with the food Festival where different types of food with that of Snacks desserts and other items were available. The Evening got more electrifying when Ranapa Dance from Ganjam Performed Jodi Shanka along with Odissi Dance performance from Odisha Dance Academy. Winner of Indian Idol Junior season 2, Ananya Sritam Nanda performed with her melodious voice.
This Mahostav is been associated with BMC, BDA, Department of Tourism and Ministry Of culture, Govt. of Odisha.