Orissa


About Orissa

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.

Its lush green countryside and fertile plains, tiny hamlets fringed with palm, coconut trees and mango groves offer the charm of rural beauty while the urban pockets, the four cities in particular, with the splendour of modern technology provide the amenities necessary for a comfortable stay. This wonderful land of fascinating beauty boasts of colourful festivals round the year. Orissa is also the land of unique handicrafts and other excellent artefacts.

Orissa has a long tradition of art and architecture. The early monuments date back to the third century B.C. The remnant of an Ashokan pillar, turned into a Siva Lingam and enshrined in the Bhaskaresvara temple at Bhubaneswar and the lion capital of an Ashokan pillar, presently in the State Museum, speak volumes of Orissa’s past glory. The rock-cut caves of Khandagiri and Udaygiri and the inscriptions recording Kharavela’s short but eventful reign during the first century B.C. constitute the second phase of the evolution in Orissan art. The Naga and Yaksha images found in places around Bhubaneswar belong to the
post-Kharavela era. The fortification of Sisupalgarh near Bhubaneswar is yet another monument of ancient Orissa.

Orissa is also known for her exquisite handicrafts. Silver filigree work of Cuttack, horn work of Cuttack and Parlakhemundi and the famous applique work of Pipili deserve special mention. Pattachitra, a form of folk painting of Orissa, is a unique craft. Brass and bell metalware, particularly vases and candle stands, are beautiful and longlasting. The blackstone bowls and plates of Nilagiri and Khiching and multi-coloured stone statues are other attractions. Silk and cotton handloom products, especially saris are simply bewitching. The Sambalpuri saris and Maniabandhi patas are matchless in their texture and designs.
Puri being a coastal district of Orissa , is famous for its Historic antiquities ,Religious sanctuaries , Architectural Grandeur , Sea-scape beauty,moderate climate.It holds a wealth of attraction for the visitors.

Orissa unlike many other parts of India has the prized distinction of possessing an uninterrupted series of temples illustrating the history of the well-defined Kalinga (former name of Orissa) from its very inception to decline, and the Sun Temple of Konark marks the highest point of achievement.

Encircled by Hills all along its arched shape, Chilika Lake’s colorful changes with passing clouds overhead and the shifting sun. The water ripples languidly , occasionally rippling with a gentle breeze across from the Bay of Bengal .

Famous for its white tiger population ,Nandankanan or the Garden of Gods has become a hot family favorite,with an excellent opportunity to enjoy these regal animals in their natural habitat.Over 67 kinds of mammals, 18 varieties of reptiles and 81 species of birds coexist in the deeply forested boundaries.

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News papers in orissa

Dharitri – Website of this newspaper with text in English and Oriya.
Hotnhit News – Provides news from Orissa.
Newspapers from Orissa on the Net – List of web editions of dailies from Orissa including non English sites.
Orissa Diary – News on Orissa with information on culture, people, politics, business, industry, tourism, entertainment, administration.
Orissa Infoline – News and information about Orissa.
Orissa Net – Orissa news from various sources with links to other sites on Orissa.
Orissa Today Network – News and Discussions on Orissa.
Orissa TV – Cable news channel with news video clips
Orissa Uncensored – Provides news and views on Orissa.
Orissasambad – National and regional news from this state newspaper’s site, also available in Oriya.
Pragativadi – Website of this daily Orissa paper. Has pages in Oriya also.
Samaya – Oriya newspaper published from Bhubaneswar
Tajanews – Includes a variety of stories and news links, and Oriya news in real audio.
Tathya Media Pvt. Ltd. – News Agency site with local news.

favorite links orissa

Beladhwani – A gateway to Oriya Literature, songs, art, culture, heritage, and dance.
Gandhi Mandir – Website of temple where Mahatma Gandhi is worshipped.
Information on Orissa – Information on Orissa including Culture, Language and Literature, Arts, Industry and Tourism.
ORISSA – The Soul Of India – Information on Orissa.
Orissa Blogs – Blogs on Orissa with videos and music.
Orissa Forum – Discussion forum for topics related to Orissa.
Orissa Politics – A platform for intellectual intercourse born out of objective outlook and humanistic vision of a host of youth intelligentsia pursuing higher studies outside Orissa.
Oriya Recipes – Recipes of food typical to Orissa.
Swayambar.com – Matrimonial website for people belonging to Orissa.
WelcomeOrissa.com – Information on Orissa, with Oriya songs, astrology and photo gallery.
World Orissa – Orissa news, panji/calendar, travel tou
rism, links, Oriya E-magazines, personal pages.

guides

Cyber Orissa – Providing listings of exhibitions, lectures, auctions and events relating to the state.
Orissa Medical Guide – Information on Orissa’s medical colleges and on the medical personnel and facilities available in western Orissa.
Orissa NGO guide – Directory of NGO’s in Orissa.
Orissaa.com – Where Oriyas meet – Information on culture, religion, heritage, temples, wildlife, geographic and demographic details of Orissa.
OrissaGateway – Directory of information on Orissa including news, art, education, entertainment, travel.
Orissainfo.com – An Oriya portal, in English. Information about the state, its people and their culture, for the worldwide Oriya community.
Wikipedia – Orissa – Guide to the state. Includes information on geography, language, history, and economy. Links to district and more specific data.






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    Orissa Fairs
    Orissa is a land of wonderful people, who are very lively and full of life. It is also a land of fairs and festivals, most of which are religious in nature. These fairs see enthusiastic participation of almost all the people of the state. One of the most important fair of Orissa is the Jagannath Rath Yatra, which is organized in the holy city of Puri. Devotees from all over India throng the city in June-July, to take part in this holy fair. Apart from that, a number of other major fairs are also organized in the state.
    Bali Yatra
    Bali Yatra is a very well known festivity that takes place on the banks of river Mahanadi in Cuttack city of Orissa. It usually falls on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Karthik (November-December). More
    Chandan Yatra
    Chandan Yatra takes place in almost every city of Orissa, but it is particularly famous in Puri. In many parts of Orissa, it is held in the honor to Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna). More
    Dhanu Yatra
    Dhanu Yatra is celebrated as a commemoration of Lord Krishna’s visit to Mathura. It is a distinctive form of annual festivity, in which the small isolated Bargah town of Orissa turns into a massive open-air theatre. More
    Joranda Mela
    Joranda Mela derives its name from its venue – Joranda, located in the Dhenkanal district of Orissa. People, from all over India, flock to Joranda to witness this grand fair. More
    Snana Yatra
    Snana Yatra, also known as the Jagannath Snana Yatra, is usually held on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Jyestha. It is organized as a celebration of the birthday of Lord Jagannath. More
    Magha Mela
    It is a popular fair that takes place in the Konark city of Orissa. It usually falls in the Hindu month of ‘Magha’. During this occasion, devotees from all parts of the country come to take holy dips in the Chandrabhaga Tirtha and worship the mighty Sun God.
    Taratarini Mela
    It is one of the biggest fairs of Orissa, which is held on every Tuesday in the Hindu month of Chaitra. The venue of the fair is a place called Taratarini Pitha, which is about 30 kms from Berhampur.
    Makar Mela
    Makar Sakranti is known by different names in different states, like in Tamilnadu, it is celebrated as Pongal, in Punjab as Lohri, in Andhra Pradesh as Pedda Panduga and in Orissa, it is known as Makar Mela. The mela is held at the time of Makar Sakranti i.e. on the 14th of January. In Orissa, the celebrations mainly take place at Atri, Kalijai (Chilika), Jagatsinghpur and Jashipur.

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    Orissa Fairs

    Orissa is a land of wonderful people, who are very lively and full of life. It is also a land of fairs and festivals, most of which are religious in nature. These fairs see enthusiastic participation of almost all the people of the state. One of the most important fair of Orissa is the Jagannath Rath Yatra, which is organized in the holy city of Puri. Devotees from all over India throng the city in June-July, to take part in this holy fair. Apart from that, a number of other major fairs are also organized in the state.

    Bali Yatra
    Bali Yatra is a very well known festivity that takes place on the banks of river Mahanadi in Cuttack city of Orissa. It usually falls on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Karthik (November-December). More

    Chandan Yatra
    Chandan Yatra takes place in almost every city of Orissa, but it is particularly famous in Puri. In many parts of Orissa, it is held in the honor to Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna). More

    Dhanu Yatra
    Dhanu Yatra is celebrated as a commemoration of Lord Krishna’s visit to Mathura. It is a distinctive form of annual festivity, in which the small isolated Bargah town of Orissa turns into a massive open-air theatre. More

    Joranda Mela
    Joranda Mela derives its name from its venue – Joranda, located in the Dhenkanal district of Orissa. People, from all over India, flock to Joranda to witness this grand fair. More

    Snana Yatra
    Snana Yatra, also known as the Jagannath Snana Yatra, is usually held on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Jyestha. It is organized as a celebration of the birthday of Lord Jagannath. More

    Magha Mela
    It is a popular fair that takes place in the Konark city of Orissa. It usually falls in the Hindu month of ‘Magha’. During this occasion, devotees from all parts of the country come to take holy dips in the Chandrabhaga Tirtha and worship the mighty Sun God.

    Taratarini Mela
    It is one of the biggest fairs of Orissa, which is held on every Tuesday in the Hindu month of Chaitra. The venue of the fair is a place called Taratarini Pitha, which is about 30 kms from Berhampur.

    Makar Mela
    Makar Sakranti is known by different names in different states, like in Tamilnadu, it is celebrated as Pongal, in Punjab as Lohri, in Andhra Pradesh as Pedda Panduga and in Orissa, it is known as Makar Mela. The mela is held at the time of Makar Sakranti i.e. on the 14th of January. In Orissa, the celebrations mainly take place at Atri, Kalijai (Chilika), Jagatsinghpur and Jashipur.

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    Department of Tourism, Govt. of Orissa – Official site for Orissa tourism with information on destinations, attractions, and news.
    Bharat Online – Orissa – Information on culture, history, fairs and festivals, travel tips and tourist attractions of Orissa.
    Hotel Sea Palace – Budget Hotel with 20 rooms and swimming pool.
    Orissa Tourism – A site for visitors about this state along the Bay of Bengal.
    Orissa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. – Hotels, conducted tours, boating, vehicles and online room booking facility.
    Orissa Tourism Guide – Tourist information from IndiaMart.
    Orissa Tourism Guide – Information on attractions of Orissa and facilities available.
    Orissa Tourism by Swosti Group – Information on destinations and tour packages.
    Sun Temple: Konark – The legend, architecture, and festivals of the temple. Includes travel information and a photo gallery.
    Tour Orissa – History, tourist information, temples, and handicrafts of the state.
    Wildlife Orissa – Information on major national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Orissa.
    Also known as the heart and soul of India, Orissa is a place that will make you feel as if you are in heaven. Some of the features that best describe this place are its golden sandy beaches, coconut groves, wildlife, splendid monuments and breathtaking scenic beauty. Tourism in Orissa, one of the most beautiful places in India, has many things to offer to its visitors. The tourist itinerary usually comprises of visit to the Golden Triangle of South East India, which is formed by the three cities of Bhubaneswar, Puri and Konark. Every city of Orissa has something unique to offer.
    There are innumerable tourist places to see in Orissa. Infact, it is difficult to come to a decision as to which places to include in the sightseeing trip. Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, is well known for the Lingaraj temple and Nandankanan wildlife sanctuary. Puri is one of the holiest worship places in India. Being the abode of Lord Jagannath, it is visited by thousands of people, especially during the Rathyatra Festival. Konark is an illustrious place that has been long popular for its Sun temple, dedicated to Lord Surya.
    For people who have chosen to visit Orissa due to spiritual reasons, there are a number of famous temples, including the Jain temples, Buddhist temples and Hindu temples. For the adventurous people, what can be a better idea than to go on a tour of wildlife sanctuaries! For people who are in quest of peace, there are myriad beaches in Orissa. The serenity of these beaches will make you fall in love with them. In this travel section, we will provide you with all the information about Orissa that will enable you to explore the state in a much better way.

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    Department of Tourism, Govt. of Orissa – Official site for Orissa tourism with information on destinations, attractions, and news.
    Bharat Online – Orissa – Information on culture, history, fairs and festivals, travel tips and tourist attractions of Orissa.
    Hotel Sea Palace – Budget Hotel with 20 rooms and swimming pool.
    Orissa Tourism – A site for visitors about this state along the Bay of Bengal.
    Orissa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. – Hotels, conducted tours, boating, vehicles and online room booking facility.
    Orissa Tourism Guide – Tourist information from IndiaMart.
    Orissa Tourism Guide – Information on attractions of Orissa and facilities available.
    Orissa Tourism by Swosti Group – Information on destinations and tour packages.
    Sun Temple: Konark – The legend, architecture, and festivals of the temple. Includes travel information and a photo gallery.
    Tour Orissa – History, tourist information, temples, and handicrafts of the state.
    Wildlife Orissa – Information on major national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Orissa.

    Also known as the heart and soul of India, Orissa is a place that will make you feel as if you are in heaven. Some of the features that best describe this place are its golden sandy beaches, coconut groves, wildlife, splendid monuments and breathtaking scenic beauty. Tourism in Orissa, one of the most beautiful places in India, has many things to offer to its visitors. The tourist itinerary usually comprises of visit to the Golden Triangle of South East India, which is formed by the three cities of Bhubaneswar, Puri and Konark. Every city of Orissa has something unique to offer.

    There are innumerable tourist places to see in Orissa. Infact, it is difficult to come to a decision as to which places to include in the sightseeing trip. Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, is well known for the Lingaraj temple and Nandankanan wildlife sanctuary. Puri is one of the holiest worship places in India. Being the abode of Lord Jagannath, it is visited by thousands of people, especially during the Rathyatra Festival. Konark is an illustrious place that has been long popular for its Sun temple, dedicated to Lord Surya.

    For people who have chosen to visit Orissa due to spiritual reasons, there are a number of famous temples, including the Jain temples, Buddhist temples and Hindu temples. For the adventurous people, what can be a better idea than to go on a tour of wildlife sanctuaries! For people who are in quest of peace, there are myriad beaches in Orissa. The serenity of these beaches will make you fall in love with them. In this travel section, we will provide you with all the information about Orissa that will enable you to explore the state in a much better way.

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    Orrisa, also referred as the “Soul of India” is the Northeastern state of India. Bordered by the azure waters of Bay of Bengal, Orrisa is known for its numerous age-old temples that reflect amazing architectural style. From Sun temple Konark and Jagannath temple, Puri, to placid Chilika Lake and virgin beaches,

  6. Guru

    Orrisa, also referred as the “Soul of India” is the Northeastern state of India. Bordered by the azure waters of Bay of Bengal, Orrisa is known for its numerous age-old temples that reflect amazing architectural style. From Sun temple Konark and Jagannath temple, Puri, to placid Chilika Lake and virgin beaches,

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    Visit Orissa and enjoy the best sea shore in world

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    Visit Orissa and enjoy the best sea shore in world