Orissa - Scenic, serene and just splendid
Orissa possesses varied and fascinating cultural roots and is home to 62 tribes. It’s rich heritage of
dance forms, handlooms and exquisite handicrafts impart a unique cultural identity that
continues to charm and enthrall visitors!
gets the real picture.
Orissa is the ninth largest state by area in India and the eleventh largest by population. Oriya is the official and
most widely spoken language. The state has
Orissa proclaims a glorious historical and
cultural lineage spanning 2000 years. The
history and culture of Orissa is in many
ways distinct from those of the northern In-
dian states and many generalizations that
are made about Indian history do not hold
good for the Oriya region. A major turning
dhism, was fought in Orissa in 261 B.C.
a rich cultural heritage that arose due to the
intermingling of three great religious tradi-
tions – Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
point in World History took place in Orissa.
The famous Kalinga war that made Em-
peror Asoka give up war and embrace Bud-
Bhubaneshwar, the capital city is known for
the exquisite temples like Lingaraja temple.
Puri is known as the Abode of Lord Jagan-
nath. Besides, these famous landmarks, not
to be missed in Orissa is the famous sun
temple - Konark, known for its architectural
splendour and erotic sculpture. Another fa-
mous monument that attracts people by the
droves is the Shiva Temple near Dhenkanal.
for several activities like water sports, aero
sports, trekking and amusement parks.
tinctive kinds of music namely: Chitrapa- sculpture. The Patta chitras (palm leaf called Singada), on the breakfast and
Beaches at Ramachandi, Balighai, Astarang
and Paradeep are major tourist hubs. Other
da, Dhruvapada, Panchal and Chitrakala. paintings). The stone utensils of Nilgiri
When music uses artwork, it is known as (Balasore). Silver filigree ornamental works
famous beaches include Puri, Chandipur,
Gopalpur and Talsari. A few other interest-
Chitikala. A unique feature of Odia music
from Cuttack. These are a few famous forms
of art in Orissa.
snacks menu. Special Vegetarian dishes
are Dalma - made of lentils and vegetables
boiled together and then fried with other
is the Padi, which consists of singing of
ing places one must visit include:
words in fast beat. Music essentially forms
spices. Ghanta and Posta curries are also
some of the signature dishes. The best
• Bhittarkanika National Park is famous for a part of its legacy the five broad categories
its second largest mangrove ecosystem
are Tribal Music, Folk Music, Light Music, About one-third of Orissa is covered by for-
combination of both North and South of
India is Dahibara-Aludum-Gugguni espe-
• The tiger reserve and waterfalls in Simli-
pal National Park
Light-Classical Music and Classical Music.
est which boasts of 18 sanctuaries including
two national parks. The Simlipal Tiger Re-
cially in the city of Cuttack.
Dahibara (vadaa dipped and soaked in
• The bird sanctuary in Chilika (Asia’s big-
curd), Aludum (a spicy curry made from
gest brackish water lake)
• The Gharial Sanctuary at Tikarpada
• Olive Ridley Sea Turtles in Gahirmatha
Sarees of Orissa is much in demand
throughout the entire world. The different
colours and va-
rieties of sarees
in Odisha make
them very popu-
lar. The handloom
sarees available in
serve is amazing. The thick, green forests
with extensive grassy lands and meadows,
cloud kissing peaks, precipitous and spar-
kling waterfalls, meander-
ing rivers, roaring tigers
and trumpeting tuskers,
potato) and Guuguni (chickpea curry) are
one of the best fusions of the Indian reci-
pes. The vast shoreline and number of riv-
• The wildlife sanctuaries of Chandaka and
One must also explore Rourkela – the
steel city of Orissa Baripada – home of the
popular Chhau dance and Jeypore – the
base of exploring tribal Orissa.
Odissi or Orissi dance is classified as the
oldest surviving dance form in India dating
Orissa can be of
four major types;
these are Ikat,
ers flowing across ensure Fish, Prawn and
Crab as a very important part of the diet.
fleeing deer and flying
squirrels, talking myna
The kitchen of the famous Jagannath
temple in Puri is reputed to be the largest in
and dancing peacocks
make Simlipal a dream-
land of Nature in the wil-
derness and an irresistible
National Park ia another
natural wonder that is awe
the world. A 1,000 chefs, working around
752 wood-burning clay hearths called chu-
las, to feed over 10,000 people every day.
Desserts that have originated from this
state: The famous Indian sweet “rasogolla”,
the well-known rice pudding, kheeri (kheer),
Chhenapoda made by caramelizing cot-
back to 2,000 years. Ghumura Dance (or technique usedby
Ghumra Dance) is one of the most sought
and leading folk dance form in Orissa. Ghu-
mura resembles more like a tribal dance,
bearing resemblance to a war dance used
by Ravana in Ramayana.
the weavers to create motifs on these sarees
is unique to this region. This technique also
gives the sarees an identity of their own.
Light cotton clothes in summer and wool-
lens in winters are preffered.
inspiring and exciting.
tage cheese with sugar, cardamom, Jheeli,
The food habit in the state is pretty bal-
Malpua and Kakara Peetha (made of sooji
or finely grained wheat) among others.
Orissa is well connected by air, road
anced between the non-vegetarian and and rail to major cities like Delhi, Kolkata,
vegetarian habits and a cross between
South Indian and the North Indian food.
Hyderabad and Mumbai. There are direct
flights that come to Bhubaneswar from
One can easily find Dosas, Vadas and idlis
Odissi music is a combination of four dis- A unique type of art form is to carve a sand as well as Poori- Chole, Samosa’s (locally
Chennai and Bangalore. Best time to visit is
in this issue
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