Author: Dinabandhu Nayak

The International Sand Art Festival at Odisha organised by Sudarshan Patnaik is held in winter every year. This year it was conducted on December 1st to 5th, coinciding with the Konark Festival and a handicraft fair at Konark. We could not attend the opening on the 1st of December but were able to reach Chandrabhaga Beach near the Sun Temple on the 4th day for the Sand Art Festival. We arrived at around 2 in the afternoon when the artists were still hard at work. After taking photos of the 42 entries we decided to kick back and relax at…

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We also took videos on our trip to Konark. This video is a compilation of all those clips taken on 4th December. Our route was Jatani to Pipili and the bypass road to Nimapada and from then on straight to Konark. It took us around an hour and a half of driving to reach our destination. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB8xKVfPM74&ab_channel=OdishaLifestyle  We have listened to feedback and made improvements in the editing process. Here’s to hoping the fruits of our effort is to your liking. 

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Bhubaneshwar is considered to be one of the cheapest capitals in the world. However living in the capital city is still too expensive for people who have come here from all over the state. Many people have grumbled about increased rent and food prices and they would be right; it is far cheaper to live in any other city in Odisha than in Bhubaneshwar. But that is the cost of living close to the place where decisions are made. So how do we live in the city with limited means? I do not profess to have a comprehensive idea of…

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India celebrated Holi a few days ago and so did Odisha, but in the town of Harirajpur celebrations were only starting. The occasion was the Dola Festival that is celebrated for five days and involves all the surrounding villages and their respective gods. Also called the Dola Jatra, this festival is celebrated on and after Dola Purnima or as the rest of India calls it, Holi. Unlike the Dola Purnima celebrations in Puri, which involve Lord Jagannath in the form of Dolagobinda, Dola Jatra in Harirajpur involves Lord Shiva’s temple of Shri Somanath Dev and four other Shiva temples of nearby villages. Over…

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In a land where each water body—from the town lake to the large ocean—is viewed as sacred, fit for washing ceaselessly your sins, Bindu Sagar (or Bindu Sarovara) with its blessed past will undoubtedly bring out abundant measure of devotion among the dedicated. Current uncovering shows the number of temples around the lake to be in thousands, of which around 500 despite everything exist. The most legitimate of these temples is obviously Lingaraj temple, approaching over the lake on the south side. On the east side is the path from Kedar Gouri chowk to the Lingaraj temple. Another celebrated place…

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Odisha is renowned for its beautiful and gorgeous handloom textiles. Odisha sarees are well-known for their exquisite finish and delicate works. a number of the sarees of Odisha are carefully preserved and proudly cherished to carry forward the tradition in subsequent generations. In fact, handloom weaving in Odisha is one of the traditional and largest industries in India. It supports thousands of weavers and related craftsmen and artisans. Along with handlooms, Odisha also specializes in some techniques used for fabric surface ornamentation like Pipili Appliques and Patta Chitra. Textile Industry Of Odisha The textile heritage of Odisha reflects the actuality…

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Mahendragiri Peak, also known as the Triple Headed Mountains, stands as a prime geographical landmark in the Gajapati district of Odisha, at a height of 1501 metres. With lush and rolling scenery, Mahendragiri is stunning enough to be featured in a typical romantic Bollywood movie. It is among India’s seven famous Kulagiris. The hill’s highest elevation point is at 51 Kms from Berhampur. These hills are the ones often mentioned in Kalidasa’s and Sarala Das’s poetry other than their mention in archeological works. The Mahendratanaya River which flows down the hill makes this place a very attractive and beautiful place.…

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Aryapalli Beach is a breath-taking sea shore adorned with palm trees and sprinkled with silver sands situated a distance of 105 kms from Berhampur and 6 kms from Chhatrapur in the Ganjam district of Odisha. Aryapalli Beach is an extraordinary spot to unwind and appreciate some serene time. This sea shore is impeccable to be near nature and enjoy different water exercises. It is home to green casuarina ranches. The quiet and peaceful atmosphere of Aryapalli sea shore pulls in sightseers from all over for that truly necessary break from the busy schedule of the city life. This sea shore…

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The 480 km long coastline of Odisha is the place for the nature and landscape lovers and will delight one beyond imagination. Taking a break from hectic schedule and exploring the most pristine beaches, dotted with casuarina and mangrove forests with crystal blue waters of the sea splashing against its shore will surely calm your soul. Finding solace amidst the serenity and solitude amidst the golden sun kissed beaches of Odisha has to be on one’s bucket list. Odisha’s pristine beaches captivates visitors not just with their beauty but by the calmness and feeling of detachment that the surrounding exudes.…

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No journey of a travel enthusiast that will reopen eyes to explore history among the wild without a trip to Chudanga Gada fort. The fort is located at a distance of 14 kms north to Bhubaneswar in Baranga village along the banks of river Prachi. What History Says As per the belief of historians it was the Gajapati rulers who built forts or katakas in order to strenghtem their empire. This practice has been recorded in the Madala Panji which is entitled to record the historical events of ancient Odisha, mostly related to the rituals of Lord Jagannath and Jagannath…

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