To commemorate the glorious past of commercial voyages to the islands of Bali, Java and Sumatra by Orissan Traders, a big fair called 'Bali Yatra' (November-December) is held on Mahanadi river bank at Cuttack on the fullmoon day of Kartik.
The most popular and colourful festival of Konark, an occasion for a grand congregating of Indian pilgrims and enthusiasts from abroad, falls on the 7th day of the bright half of 'Magha'. This festival is celebrated in the month of January-February. The Indian pilgrims take holy dips in the Chandrabhaga Tirtha near the sea and welcome the rising Sun with prayers.
The 'Taratarini Mela' (March- April) one of Odisha's (Formerly Orissa) biggest fairs, takes place on each Tuesdays of the month of 'Chaitra' i.e. from around mid-March to mid-April at Taratarini Pitha - 30 km from Berhampur. A grand congregation takes place on the 3rd Tuesday.
Popularly known as Mahima Mela, it is celebrated at Joranda in Dhenkanal district on Magha Purnima day. People from far and near congregate here and a big fair takes place for three days. The surging multitude of Mahima Sanyasis worship Mahima Gosain's Samadhi Pitha on this occasion. It is during this period that the initiation for promoting Bairagi to Apara Sanyasi (superior caste of disciples in Mahima Sect) takes place.
Makar Sankranti(January) is celebrated with gusto in mid-January when the Sun enters the orbit of capricon. Sun God is worshipped with great fervour and enthusiasm by one and all. The festival can be best enjoyed at Kalijai (an island in Chilika), Atri, Ghatgaon, Keonjhar, Jashipur and Jagatsinghpur.