Festivals in Konark
Konark Festival is jointly organized by Orissa Tourism and Odissi Research Centre for a period of 5 days from 1st December to 5th December every year. Held in an open air auditorium with the temple as the backdrop, the festival showcases the best of the traditional and classical dance forms of India. Renowned dancers with striking choreographies enthrall visitors. Apart from the dance performances, an exhibition of Orissan temple sculptures, sand art exhibition and crafts fair are other attractions for tourists.
Konark Dance and Music Festival
Konark Dance & Music Festival is an annual international festival held at the Konark Natya Mandap, in Konark, Orissa. The festival first began on 1986 under the guidance of Padma Shri Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. In 2011, the 26th Konark Dance & Music Festival will be held from 19th February to 23rd February 2011. Visit the below link for more details on Konark Festival 2011 Program.
Also known as the Chandrabhaga Mela, this is the most popular festival that falls in the month of January. It is observed on the seventh day of the new moon of Magha (January/February) and the day marks the worship of the Sun God at Konark. Numerous pilgrims from various parts of India gather here on the Magha Sukla Saptami, to honor the new birth of the Sun God. This is the second largest festival in Orissa, next to the Car Festival of Puri. Devotees take a holy dip in the Chandrabhaga and worship the rising Sun. A big fair is held at the Khandagiri caves, located nearby, for a period of seven days commencing from Magha Saptami