Gotipua Dance

Gotipua, the Oriya etymon of which literally means 'Goti' = 'single' & 'Pua' = 'Boy'.As the name indicates this sacred dance is performed only by boys dressed up as girls.

The amazing history of this dance dates up to the time of Sriman Gauranga Mahaprabhu. Since many centuries as a customary practice in the Chandan Yatra festival of Puri, the Supreme Lord Sri Jagannath would always go out on processions along with His supreme devotee Lord Shiva in between the assembly of demigods.

And at that time, as a tradition, the Devadasis of the Sri Mandir would also come to dance before Lord Jagannath for His pleasure.