Thursday, 24 April 2014

Some Marvels of Odisha

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Odisha is a state that is situated in Eastern India, near the Bay of Bengal.

It has awesome beaches and natural beauty.

Its culture and heritage is centuries old.












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The above picture is a rare Silver Filigree Casket depicting the Sri Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha.

Craftsmen in the erstwhile capital of Odisha, Cuttack, and in other parts of Odisha make such intricate designs and amazing jewellery using Silver.







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The above picture is a collage of the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage monument, The Sun Temple of Konark, Odisha. It is an architectural splendour.











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This is a rare Lord Ganesha in ivory circa 14th-15th Century, made in Odisha & now displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA. 










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Sage Bharata's Natya Shastra - 2nd century CE, speaks of Odra Magadhi, Odissi dance of Odisha. It is very graceful & known as "Sculpture in motion".



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Sudarshan Pattnaik is a famous Sand-Artist of Puri, Odisha, who has won many Gold Medals in International Sand-Art Competitions all over the world.




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This picture is a collage of the Chilika Lake in Ganjam, Odisha, which is the largest brackish water lake in Asia. Its beauty is spell-binding.






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Odisha is famous for many Arts & Crafts. The above is Saura Art. Such art is even common in some homes during weddings and other important occasions.





These are just a few glimpses of Odisha...

Learn more about Odisha from the Odisha Government Tourism site.

56 comments:

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    1. Pics are thanks to all the folks who clicked them and shared on Twitter for Odisha Day. Glad you liked them, Priya.

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  2. during these 4yr of my stay here i have learnt a lot about odisha .. especially its culture and heritage .. i just wish food to be better just saying or may be its mess food that has made me to think in that way !

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    1. Odisha food is awesome. You must taste the local delicacies especially the seafood preparations like- Sorisha Maccha (Mustard Fish) etc. Lots of special dishes available.
      Which Mess Food is this? It is spoiling Odisha's culinary reputation...

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  3. It is a feast to the eyes and a great exposition of Odisha and its natural beauty.
    The people have high aesthetic sense that is reflected in art and every little thing they do.
    I love the silver filigree casket in temple style.

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  4. Amazing that people can create these pieces of great art! Thank you for sharing these exquisite creations!
    Wil, ABCW Team.

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    1. Truly amazing. God-gifted divine art...
      Thanks for reading & for your appreciation :)

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  5. Lovely captures! You sure have immense pride for your state :)

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    1. Pics are courtesy the Twitter contributors, Soumya :)
      Thanks!

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  6. Beautiful pictures, Anita. Everytime I see one of these amazing picutre of Orissa on your blog, I am reminded of my wonderful trip there in 1988! Such a long time it has been but still the memories are very fresh.

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    1. Thanks Beloo :)
      Do visit Odisha again & refresh memories again!

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  7. Wow.. they are brilliant Anita :) :) Really a nice compilation of pics and well phrased description. As a kid, I always wanted to learn odissi :D ha ha ha.

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    1. Thanks Sri :) Pics got compiled thanks to all the Twitter public who shared :)
      Odissi stole your heart then :)

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    2. Yup! Odissi was something that I loved a lot! Sad, that I didn't learn it :(

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    3. Lovely to know, Sri. I'm sure you still love Odissi :)

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    1. It's actually a "State" of India that has many towns and cities!
      Thanks for reading, Roger!

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  9. Splendid! The art works and places, all are truly mind blowing.

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  10. Lovely photos..especially I like the silver casket...it's wonderful !

    Have seen S. Patnaik's work while on a trip to Puri..it made us speechless :-)

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    1. Right Mani. Wonderful!
      Sudarshan Patnaik's works are brilliant.

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  11. wonderful pictures! the silver casket and Lord Ganesha idol are amazing!

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    1. Thanks Ratna! Accepting all praise behalf of the pics-actual owners !

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  12. Great post Anita. Awesome collection of pics...

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  13. I've been wondering since a long time what that art form was called! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. Sreesha, there's similar art form in some other states of India too. Mostly associated with the Tribals & lesser-known villages of India.
      We have so much wealth & are not even aware...
      Info & knowledge sharing & creating awareness is the key.
      Thanks for reading & sharing such words. Very encouraging for future endeavours!

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  14. very well written n equally supported by beautiful pics !

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    1. Thanks for the appreciation. Delighted you liked the compilation. Actually, I have used images that were shared by Odias on Twitter to celebrate Utkala Dibasa- Odisha Day.

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  15. I visited Bhubaneswar once long back, hope to visit again! Great pics. Amazing talent and art work.

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    1. Welcome again, Indrani :) Plan soon & let me know :)

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  16. Lovely shots. Now i really want to visit Orissa

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    1. Thanks Nima! Odisha welcomes you :)

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  17. Loved it... Definitely making it on my to visit place.. What would be the best time to go there... I normally go to places off season, more quieter, more peaceful.

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    1. Rajesh, Do plan anytime as Odisha has many places that'll satisfy your requirements- peace & bliss :)
      Some places are crowded for special occasions, but there are many other places that are so pristine all the time...

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  18. I have been to Bhuvaneshwar. I fell in love with Chilka lake. Your post brought back many memories. :)

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    1. That's great to know! Thanks for sharing :)

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  19. It is an awesome state indeed. It's odisha now but for me it will always remain Orissa. Lovely post Anita. Thank you for sharing and bringing back a lot of memories:)

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    1. Thanks for sharing your comment. Nice that you went on a walk down the memory-lane :)
      Yes, beats me why there's name-change as we have studied about Orissa in school & not many are aware of the name-change to Odisha. I feel it affects a place as all old maps, Atlas & info still refer to Orissa...

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  20. Super duper post! May your tribe increase- may those number of Odia women & increase who do more for Odisha by their deep interest- write, blog, set up factories/hotels, sell its brilliant wares & food and so on! :)

    And may more tourists from world over come who will share the rich heritage of Odisha throughout their lives in the world! Coz even the glimpses of this wondrous land will nvr leave any person who has witnessed them! :)

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    1. Thanks Amrita. Agree with you :) You also belong to the same tribe :P
      May many tourists discover Lord Jagannath's country- Odisha...

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  21. Wow! Compiled of just pictures, this post has a unique tale to tell. Lovely one Anita!

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    1. Thanks for the appreciation, Parul :) Delighted you liked it!

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  22. I have been to Orissa and agree with you.

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    1. Yes, Rajesh. Have read your cool posts on Odisha travel :)

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  23. " is this the only piece of heritage that you can show off to the world? Seriously there are better things to latch onto :)

    chaitanna mahaprabhu did come from GEOGRAPHICAL ORISSA but back then there was no orissa, are we forgetting this?

    and your dear lord ASHOKA the great wasn't your hero too until he defeated your so called "kalinga empire". he was a scavenger of kalinga and not a king :)

    your bali, sumatra etc "J(y)ATRAS" came form LORD ASHOKA'S INVASION of your pillage state.

    the regular oriya isn't sweet at all, its rather very harsh, its rather the languages like sambalpuri and languages near the west bengal border where the oriya dialects turn sweeter. would you not agree?

    sambalpuri is such a cute language! why are you guys stomping it down to non-exitence and these guys want their language to prosper just like yours. give them their due!

    oh, btw, i forgot to mention YOUR BEST CM (infact my best CM too, one of the best CMs our country ever had) doesn't even speak Oriya! "

    KAMONASISH AAYUSH MAZUMDAR
    (MBA, IMT Ghaziabad)
    Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
    http://in.linkedin.com/in/7thsense

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    1. Mr. Kamonashish Aayush Mazumdar,

      1. My post doesn't deal with any of the statements in your comment!

      2. Please study history properly, improve your IQ before making such irresponsible & unnecessary comments.

      3. It is disgusting that you are copy-posting such comments, especially in posts about Odisha.
      Your same words are in so many posts in Blogosphere now! Proves your frustration.

      4. Odisha is the 'The Soul of Incredible India' & no one can take away her glory or credit.

      5. I could have simply deleted your comment.
      But, I'll leave it here as a testimony- May no one be so petty & abusive.

      6. As Indians, may we all take pride in all things Indian.
      I pray that may better sense dawn & may there be a full-stop to such senseless tirade.
      May every Indian use precious time & resources to help make Incredible India more incredible & our world a much better place.

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    2. Dear Anita,

      I am glad you didn't Mr. Kamonasish Mazumdar's comment. It serves as an example of your tolerance. Thank you. Mr. Kamonasish Ayyush Mazumdar is blinded by regionalism. He keeps posting such absurd comments in various sites. In a wiki map of Assamese town of Lumding, he wrote "The Famous Kamonasish Aayush Mazumdar was born here". Although I think he is making himself infamous instead of famous.

      Mr. Kamonasish Aayush Mazumdar: There are several other pieces of heritage that we are proud of (ancient Sisupalgarh, emperor Kharavela, poet Jayadeva, Konark temple, Puri temple, Khandagiri/Udayagiri, Chitanya Mahaprabhu, Puspagiri University, maritime glory of Kalinga), but yes, we will definitely latch on to what Anita listed in her excellent blog. As an Odia and an India I am proud of my rich heritage.

      Rishima Mishra

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    3. Rishima, Thanks for visiting my Blog.
      I agree with every word you have shared.

      We all ought to be proud of our heritage and must respect the richness & beauty.
      Sad that some people are spoiling the atmosphere with their negative comments and outlook. They are earning infamy & exposing themselves.
      India & its states are strong enough to withstand such elements.
      Proud to be an Indian first. Jai Hind!

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  24. I am From Andhra but traveled in Orissa extensively.I would say one thing in nutshell.Odisha did not get its due on publicity front for unknown reasons.It's original nature reflects in its dance,handicrafts,sculpture and in other so many facts.The problem is with most of its so called educated (not all) people,they always tend to speak Hindi at the cost of Odiya.They don't believe that they are valued.Only very few states are competent in terms of fine arts,with Odisha.India is one & not to be divided anymore on any lines.for more Odisha facts and on going issues,try this side:www.orissamatters.com

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your views.
      It is true that Odisha has not got her due. Odisha has amazing wonders, arts & crafts and deserves more tourists, attention & credit. Actually, Odia people are simple & accommodating and converse in the language of the tourists to make them feel more comfortable. Not many states can boast of such inclusive spirit.
      May there be no division in India & may every state receive its deserving credit.

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