Monday 7 March 2016


About Odisha

Odisha is one of the state of India. Odisha was also known as Orissa and lies on the east coast of the Indian subcontinent. Its capital is Bhubaneswar. The state is an important part of the country with modern infrastructure and facilities. After independence, there has been a tremendous improvement to develop the rural parts of the state.

The modern state of Orissa was established on 1 April 1936, as a province in British India and consisted predominantly of Oriya speakers. Odia (Oriya) is the official and most widely spoken language, spoken by three quarters of the population.

It is also the land of temples as there are plenty of temples that are beautifully carved and proud testimony to the empires that were established here. The land is also famous for its cultural heritage. The major attraction here is the classical Odissi dance form. Odisha has more than just culture and tradition.

Puri Jagannath Temple

The Jagannath Temple in Puri is a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Jagannath and located on the eastern coast of India at Puri in the state of Odisha. The temple is an important pilgrimage destination for many Hindu traditions, particularly worshippers of Krishna and Vishnu.

Konark Sun Temple

The name Konark derives from the combination of the Sanskrit words, Kona (corner) and Arka (sun), in reference to the temple which was dedicated to God Surya. Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century famous Temple at Konark in Odisha (India). It was built by king Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty around 1250. It has been built in the shape of a gigantic chariot with elaborately carved stone wheels, pillars and walls.

Bhubaneswar Lingaraj Temple

Lingaraj Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Harihara, a form of Shiva and is one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha. It was built it 11th century by the Somavanshi King Jajati Keshari. This temple is one of the most popular temples of Odisha.

Bhubaneswar is called the Ekamra Kshetra as the deity of Lingaraj was originally under a mango tree (Ekamra) as noted in Ekamra Purana, a 13th-century Sanskrit treatise. The temple is active in worship practises, unlike most other temples in Bhubaneswar and Shiva is worshipped as Harihara, a combined form of Vishnu and Shiva.