Sambalpur is the identified as a cultural nerve centre of Western Orissa. There are various occasions when the cultural festivals are organised as per its rich heritage and tradition. The
'Sitalsasthi' is placed at the top of such list of festivals, which attracts lakhs of devotees, pilgrims and tourists. It is the occasion when the holy marriage of Lord Mahahiva (Shiva) and sand Goddess Parvati is solemnised every year. Sitalsasthi is a week long festival that begins from 2nd day and concludes on the 8th day of Jyesta (June-July) every year.