Since long (500 years past), Panihati is famous for a great festival called Chida Utsav Dando Mahotsav. This festival of bliss has an immense religious value for the Vaisnavas. The festival is organised in the Month of Jaistha / Ashar on Shukla Troyodoshi Tithi or June Month every year. This year it is held on 18th June, 2016. This festival is held at the River bank of the Ganges at Mahotsob tala Ghat.
The Chida-dahi Mahotsav (Chipped Rice Festival or Dando Mahotsav) of Panihati, is a yearly celebration of the pastimes of Srila Raghunatha dasa Goswami and Lord Nityananda Prabhu,. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his associates enjoyed many transcendental pastimes here. Chida-dadhi Mahotsav remembers how the Lord mercifully reciprocated with His devotees by arranging, through Nityananda Prabhu and Raghunatha dasa, to provide an ecstatic feast of yoghurt and chipped rice, along with various other nectar foodstuffs. Chaitanya-charitamrta, Antya lila chapter 6, describes this wonderful pastime in detail. Click to view Historic Referances
Sri Ramkrishna Paramsansha used to participate in this festival with His disciples and Bhaktos which included Rakhal Chandra, Girish Chandra Ghosh, Narendra Nath Dutta (Swami Vivekananda), Mahendra Nath Dutta and others. Mention of this has been made at Sri Ramkrishna Kathamrita and Sri Sri Ramkrishna Lila Prosongo. This festival is very important event which is held in various places around the world – India and USA. People from far distances of the West Bengal and Foreign disciples participate in this festival.