Author: Dinabandhu Nayak

Despite the fact that Odisha is the eastern arm of India, the state knows how to draw in sightseers bridging the globe to its dynamic quality. One of the highest waterfalls of India, situated in the Badigada town of Koraput is the Duduma Waterfall. This waterfall discovers its origin from the River Machkund and its water flow is the foundation of the Machkund Hydro Electric Power Project. The waterfall is viewed as a standout amongst other places of interest in Odisha where individuals can happily come for vacations. Situated around 70 km from Jeypore, Duduma waterfall draws in those tourists…

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At school, I am sure you must have sketched scenery in your drawing book. Isn’t it? Deomali is that, in real form. Right in front of you, you have some mountains piling over each other, with a small stream of river snaking down & cruising through green meadows.  Deomali Peak is the highest mountain in Orissa and the highest in the whole of the Eastern Ghats, with an elevation of around 1,672 metres. Deomali Hill is a peak in the Chandragiri-Pottangi subrange of the Eastern Ghats. It is situated near Doodhari village which is 35 km from Koraput. The beauty…

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Odisha is a state that is boundlessly blessed by Mother Nature, & is one of the most pristine states of India. With numerous beaches, jungles, and natural resources this state is known to be the most gorgeous in the country. In Odisha, one can travel to the Chilika Lake harbouring migratory birds, and other exotic wildlife, giving travellers a peek into nature’s paradise, while various other wildlife sanctuaries of Odisha make way for some beautiful views and interesting travel memoirs. The south-eastern state of Odisha is abode to a variety of flora and fauna. The number of wildlife sanctuaries in…

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Odisha, the state of natural beauty is no less than a paradise. Apart from rushes of the cities, it also inherits pastoral idyll as a heritage. When you travel along the roads of Odisha, you notice green paddy fields alongsides. The tourism sector of Odisha is about to expand. Privileged yet concealed tourism sector of Odisha needs a revival. There are, a number of attractive tourist places, need to be revealed. Because the blessing of the nature has always filled the eastern state with lush greenery and picturesque environment. Also, a number of shrines and dieties bless the lusture of Odisha…

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Within a forest area about 30 kms from Keonjhar town of Odisha state lies a beautiful hill called Gonasika. The spectacular views of this area, being within a deep forest, is very stunning and attracts a lot of nature lovers. The word ‘Gonasika,’ in Hindi, Sanskrit and many other languages, means Nostril of Cow. The source of water is a rock, which is shaped like the nostrils of a Cow. This is the source of the mighty Baitarani River of Odisha, as per mythology and local belief. This point of the hill has no sign of any water flow or…

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Chatar Jatra or Chatar jatra is a traditional festival celebrated by the people of Kalahandi District, Odisha, India. The annual journey symbolises Maa Manikeswari ’s return from Jenakhal to the main temple. It’s held at the exact time when Asthami ends and Navami begins. Tribal Tradition Maa Manikeswari, unique to the Kandh tribe-dominated Kalahandi, is considered to be a fusion of Odisha ‘s tribal and non-tribal cultures. And in the celebration of Chhatar Jatra, this is amply reflected. Earlier, in the ceremonies, both the Royal family and tribals took part and made offerings to the goddess. Now, the festival is…

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Jay Jagannath! Ever since the creation of music in the world, it is obvious that it sings the name of the creator. As a child born on the earth first utters the word Maa, his creator, similarly the devotees often utter the name of their Gods with the help of Bhajans. Listening to a Bhajan relaxes our mind filling it with peace and satisfaction. One of such melodious Odia Bhajans which is a evergreen popular among the listeners is a melodious devotional song Maa Jhadi Diye sung by Sonu Nigam. The initial lines of the ever popular Odia Bhajan is : “Maa…

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Located high above the Kumari Hills near River Rushikulya (a tributary of Mahanadi), around 160km south of Bhubaneswar in the Ganjam district of Odisha, is the temple of Taratarini. The renovated temple hides within it stories of an ancient past, going back thousands of years. Goddess Taratarini, once the patron of seafarers and merchants of ancient Kalinga, was prayed to as the goddess before embarking on their voyages to distant lands. The power of the goddess lives on. As per the scriptures of Hindu Purana and Tantra Shastra,the Taratarini temple is one of the most important “Shakti Peethas” or shrines…

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Located in Odisha’s Ganjam district, Taptapani is one of India’s very few naturally developed hot sulphur water springs. A dip in this sulphur hot water bath, known for its medicinal properties, is said to heal one of any kind of skin ailments. What’s more, it has been said to have been around for more than 300 years. This annual spring serves as the lifeline of the people, and never goes dry, not at summer’s height when water bodies decrease in size in the neighboring areas. The original spring is worshipped as a local god, and references have also been found…

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Odisha is a land of diverse culture and rich tradition, with a great variety of languages, cuisine, music, and dance. This state is a haven for several different forms of dance that all individually speak volumes of its traditions and ancient history. They not only reflect the ancient times, but also the culture of the state. The dance forms of Odisha are vibrant and spectacular in the way they are performed. We have curated a list of this exuberance which has since years preserved the rich cultural heritage of the state. Let’s get enlightened on Odisha’s unique dance forms that…

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