I am talking about My Birth Land, Odisha, The Land of Temples, one of the 29th state of India, located in the east coast of India. As I was born and brought up here, obvious, Odisha has a very special position in my heart. The modern state of Odisha, formerly known Orissa, was established on 1st of April, 1936, which is celebrated as foundation day of Odisha and is called Utkala Dibasa (“Odisha” is also known as “Utkala” & “Dibasa” means “Day”). So, Its modern Odisha state’s birthday on 1st of April of every year!!!!
Odisha is mainly known for its rich culture, traditions and tremendous number of ancient historic temples. The world wide known masterpieces of Odisha architecture are The Konark Sun Temple, The Puri Jagannath Temple, The Lingaraja Temple at Bhubaneswar, to name a few.
The 13th Century Temple, The Konark Sun Temple, was built around AD 1250, in the form of a large chariot. Its the proud of Odisha, being featured in the list of Seven Wonders of India by NDTV and the Times of India. The major part of the temple is now ruined, but certainly still is worth visit, if you are an actual historic buff.
The 12th Century Temple of Lord Jagannath in Puri, located on the eastern coast of India, a famous pilgrimage and tourist destination, is a must visit when you are in Odisha. The temple is world-wide famous for its Rath Yatra ( Chariot Festival), that is celebrated every year once during the Rainy Season of Odisha, that is in the month of June-July, with intense religious ardor. The temple’s kitchen is considered as the largest kitchen in the world.
The Lingaraj Temple, is the largest temple in Bhubaneswar and is rated as “one of the finest examples of purely Hindu temple in India” by James Ferugsson, a noted critic and historian. The temple is a famous landmark and a major tourist attractions of Odisha.
Honestly, it wont stop if I keep talking about temples of Odisha; The state is full of religious temples and historic landmarks; The above are the major three prominent landmarks of Orissa, which you should visit once in your lifetime.
Odisha is also well famous for the Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, which signifies the influence of Buddhism in the state and attracts the world wide Buddhist tourist to Odisha.
Odisha is full of wonder places; It actually feels the nature so close to you when you visit The Chilika Lake (Asia’s largest brackish water lake), The Bhitarkanika National Park( second largest mangrove ecosystem), The Similipal National Park ( the tiger reserve and the waterfalls), Daringbadi (The Kashmir of Odisha). Odisha is also blessed with many beautiful, serene beaches such as the Konark Beach, The Gopalpur Beach, The Puri Beach, The Paradeep Beach, to name a few. If you are a bird watcher, The Chilika Lake is the best option for you, as its the home for millions and millions of birds. Also, Chilika lake is one of the few places in India where you can see dolphins!!!!
The lush green forests, the picturesque hills, valleys, mountains, the breathtaking waterfalls, the ancient historical landmarks, the religious culture, the delicious traditional food, are the uniqueness of Odisha, that makes the state a must visit in your lifetime.