Kalinga Mahotsav holds great religious significance for peoples of Odisha and India. This festival is celebrated with the purpose to encourage people to follow the path of peace and calm, and not fighting with each other. This festival is organized by Art Vision, in collaboration with Orissa Tourism and Nalco the great organization those wanted to promote tourism in Odisha. The Vishwa Shanti Stupa located in state capital Bhubaneswar also popular with the name Peace Pagoda, is used as the venue of this festival. In previous era our state Odisha was popularly known as Kalinga. It’s the witness of the great fight between Emperor Ashoka of Maurya Dynasty and King of Kalinga. In that bloodiest battle thousands of people died and the King Ashoka realized his mistake, he decided to not fight again in his life and converted to Buddhism. Upagupta a great Buddhist monk helps him in adopting the religion of Buddhism. Kalinga Mahotsav is a festival celebrated each year to pay tribute to that great Kalinga of history. Thousands of Odia people from various districts and cities come to join in this festival and in everyone’s heart these is a special attraction for this occasion.
In old days during the period of kings a true form of martial art was practiced by communities like Khandayat, Paika etc. of Kalinga. Now days in Kalinga Mohotsav expert martial artist perform their skills in for of dance and entertain people also describe how these kills are important for our body and mind, so participating in this great festival is an awesome experience, so thousands of people from various places of the country India as well as some foreign tourist also visit Odisha to join in Kalinga Mahotsav.
Along with Odia martial art techniques the other forms such as Kalaripayattu from Kerela, Thang Ta from Manipur etc are performing their skills in Kalinga Mahotsav. So it’s a wonderful opportunity for martial art lovers to watch various martial art forms of different regions of the country India at a single place, so thousands of martial art lovers visiting Odisha during Kalinga Mahotsav.