The historic Bali Yatra fair held in Cuttack every year has begun from 12 November 2019. Bali Yatra is the biggest fair in the State, held at the fairgrounds on the banks of river Mahanadi which brings modern technology and the traditional craft under one platform.
More than 1300 stalls are installed on the upper and lower Bali Yatra grounds selling everything from modern technology, traditional ethnic crafts to petty household articles. The famous Chanderi Saree and brass metal products from MP, woollen items from Kashmir, leather products from Rajasthan, woodcraft from AP, cane and bamboo craft from Tripura, besides Odisha’s handloom and handicrafts, are displayed during the seven-day fair.
A National-level Pallishree Mela is also organised on the occasion that brings together ethnic and other rural traditional products of about 24 States. The fair also holds a Gandhi Shilpa Bazaar on handicraft items with about 150 stalls and the much sought after silver Filigree Pavilion to promote the traditional silver filigree works of Cuttack City. The fair observes a footfall of nearly three lakh every day.
Bali Yatra is held to commemorate the ancient maritime glory of Odisha, when merchants from the State sailed to the far-eastern countries for trade and commerce, and also marking the closing of the holy Kartik month.