Situated on the coast along the Bay of Bengal, Orissa stands for
its ancient glory and modern endeavour. Endowed with nature's bounty, a 482
km stretch of coastline with virgin beaches, serpentine rivers, mighty waterfalls,
forest-clad blue hills of Eastern Ghats with rich wild life, Orissa is dotted
with exquisite temples, historic monuments as well as pieces of modern engineering
feat. The land, while retaining its pristine glory, also offers the visitors
modern amenities. More ....
Places to See :
Orissa People & Lifestyle :
Ancient Orissa was
a confluence of racial streams. History tells us that the Aryans entered Orissa
from the north-east, subjugated the primitive people living there and imposed
on them their language and culture. The story could not be so simple; for the
people then living in the land were not perhaps all of the primitive type, nor
were they subjugated culturally. More ....
Orissa Art & Craft
Orissa boasts of a long and rich cultural heritage. Due to the reigns
of many different rulers in the past, the culture, arts and crafts of the state
underwent many changes, imitations, assimilations and new creations, from time
to time. The artistic skill of the Orissan artists is unsurpassable in the world.
The discovery that traditional artists still live and work throughout Orissa,
producing various objects in many media, is an exciting part of any visit to
the state. More ....
Orissa Dance & Music
Orissa has a glorious tradition of music.The figures or dancers musicians
Carved on ancient temple walls speak of Orissa's rich musical heritage. There
were saint-poets of Orissa who composed lyrical poems to be sung. Bards usually
went from place to place singing these songs which were meant to propagate religious
ideas in various religious More ....
Orissa Fairs & Festivals
: Orissa being a land of ancient and sacred temples, and
a state where three religions flourished, is thronged by pilgrims throughout
the year. There are a large number of fairs and festivals celebrated in the
state. There are festivals relating to each religion, tribal festivals, festivals
relating to Lord Jagannath, the presiding deity of the Puri Temple. More
Orissa' is famous for her handicrafts which exhibit the skill and
creativity of her artisans. Her brass work, silver work, terracotta art objects,
and applique work are unique examples of artistic excellence. Applique Work,
which is a French term, is a technique by which the decorative effect is obtained
by superposing patches of coloured fabrics on a basic fabric, the edges of the
patches being sewn in some form of stitchery. More
One of the greatest benefits of Orissa s vast expanses of
unspoilt natural landscape has been its ability to offer a protected yet natural
habitat to the states incredible wildlife.There are many wildlife sancturies
which are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna ,bird life reptiles and
water creatures.Some of the most important experiments of wildlife conservation
are taking place in these natural habitat. More
Not only does the bracing and invigorating climate of Orissa add
freshness to the soul, its beaches too add a slice of serenity in environs that
are conducive to introspection and conviviality. Orissa has such beaches where
the waves speak volumes. One can spend hours soaking in the sun, surfing or
just frolicing in the lovely blue waters. More
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