Chitalagi Amavasya is observed in the Shraban or Shravan month in Orissa. Chitalagi Amabasya 2016 date is August 2. It is associated with the Jagannath worship in this eastern state of
. Amavasya (referred as no moon day or new moon day) is the darkest month in a Hindu lunar calendar is considered apt for performing pujas and rituals associated with the Dead. India
On the Chitalagi Amavasya day, a special ritual is held at Puri Jagannath temple. The forehead of the murti of Jagannath is adorned with a golden mark known as Chitta.
A special delicacy known as Chitau Pitha is prepared on the day at homes.