Context:As a precautionary measure against COVID-19 infection the famous annual Chaitra Jatra festival scheduled to be held on March 17 in Odisha has been cancelled.

About the Chaitra Jatra festival,Odisha

  • Chaitra Jatra festival is celebrated at Tara Tarini hill shrine on Tuesdays of the Hindu month of Chaitra. The largest gatherings occur on second and third Tuesdays. 
  • Location:Tara Tarini hill shrine which is located at Kumari hill on banks of the Rushikulya river, is a major centre of Shakti worship in Odisha.
    • The Rushikulya River is one of the major rivers in the state of Odisha and covers the entire catchment area in the districts of Kandhamal and Ganjam of Odisha. 
    • The Rushikulya originates from Daringbadi hills of the Eastern Ghats range.
    • The mouth of the Rushikulya River is the location of one of the largest mass nesting (arribada) sites of olive ridley sea turtles in India.


Tara Tarini hill shrine

  • It is one of four major ancient Tantra Peetha and Shakti Peethas in India.
  • Shakti Peethas:
    • Shakti Peethas are holy abodes of Parashakti.
    • This is believed to have originated from the mythological story of the falling of the body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi, when Shiva carried it and wandered.



About INSV Tarini

  • Indian Navy’s sailboat INSV Tarini was named after Tara Tarini hill shrine. 
  • The first Indian all-woman crew had circumnavigated the globe in INSV Tarini.
  • The six women crew of INSV Tarini undertook the task of circumnavigating the globe, as part Indian navy’s Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition.
  • The voyage was undertaken in consonance with National policy to empower women to attain their full potential.


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