At one time the Bay of Bengal was known as Kalingodra, or the sea of Kalinga, due to the dominance of Odia ships. The old traditions are still celebrated in the annual Bali Jata, or Boita Bandana festival held for five days in October/ November.
The Leaning Shiba Temple Of Huma is the only leaning temple in the world. But we never called it a wonder !!!
It is located in Huma, a village situated on the bank of Mahanadi, 23 km south of Sambalpur.
Sanctum sanctorum of Huma temple
John Beames was a civil servant in British India and an author.He could have destroyed Odia Language with the stroke of pen. Instead, he saved it and was its first western scholar. He learnt Oriya and wrote on its language, literature, temple iconography, fortresses and folklore. He identified with local sentiments for the preservation and promotion of the Oriya language.
What western astronomers struggled to determine with the latest instruments ….an Odia in a small village studied with pieces of bamboo... Pathani Samanta . He was conferred the title ‘Mahamahoadhyaya’ by the British government in 1893, in recognition to his contribution in the field of astronomy. His knowledge in astronomy ensured that these instruments had great accuracy in their measurement. His findings are recorded in his book titled ‘Siddhanta Darpana’, which is written in Sanskrit. This book won him wide acclaim and fame, finding special mention in the European and American press in the year 1899.
Durga Pujarigin of
is in the state of Odisha.
According to Markandeya Purana the King of Chedi dynasty Suratha started rituals of Durga Puja during 300B.c. the present form of worship of Durga with earthen idol in Orissa was started during the reign of Ganga King Chodaganga Dev in the 11th century at Puri. The earthen idol of Mahishamardini Durga is known as Gosani and the Dussehra fesival is known as Gosani Yatra. It is noteworthy that the co-worship of Mahisamardini Durga with Madhava (Lord Jagannath) is prevalent from 11th century, Eastern Ganga dynasty period, in Puri.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is an Odia. His original name is ‘Bishvambhara'. Sri Chaitanya was the second son of Jagannath Mishra and his wife Sachi Devi. Shree Chaitanya has family roots in Jajpur, Orissa, from where his grandfather, Madhukar Mishra had emigrated to nearby Bengal.
is a very popular cheese-based, syrupy sweet dish originally from Odisha, where it is also known by its original name, Khira mōhana. The practice of offering rasagollas to Lakshmi dates back at least 300 year.