Author: Dinabandhu Nayak

Each and every festival of Odisha is unique in its own way. The festivals reflect the rich culture and traditions of the state. One of such a festival, Kumar Purnima is special and distinct. Also known as Sharad Purnima or Kaumudi Purnima is basically a harvest festival, but in Odisha it marks the 11th day of Laxmi Pujan (Worshipping of Goddess Laxmi) as well as the birthday of God Kartikeya. The son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, Kartikeya is highly handsome and every girl wishes to have a husband like him. So, the maidens observe a fast on this day…

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Vedvyas Temple is located in the Indian state of Odisha, near the city of Rourkela. Vedvyas was the author of one of the Hindus’ most sacred writings, the Mahabharata, according to Hindu mythology. T he Temple was named after him. Vedvyas originally called Parasara Munda is not only a place of natural beauty but also is considered a Tritha, a place of religious sanctity. Tradition has it that Vyasadeva, the reputed sage, lived here and composed the great epic Mahabharat. The holy temple of Vedvyas is situated at the intersection of three rivers, Shankh, Koel and Sarasvati, and all three…

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Crowded and rush, the city is full of noise. Exploring a calm and peaceful place amidst green forests serves mental peace. In the eyes of a spectator, it is a pleasant treat to both the eyes and the mind. Nature has bestowed Nayagarh district with most of its elite picturesque. It is an awesome experience to have a picnic on the bank of a river. If the river bank is full of greenery and rich in prolific environmental view, like that of the river Mahanadi. Yes, one such place is here at Sidhamula Village in the Nayagarh district where you…

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A new day dawns and a new week beckons us forward, so we begin this endeavour with a hearty welcome to one and all. We are a group of friends who have travelled all over India for work and fun and have finally returned to our home state to settle down. However, as much as we would like to say that, we’re still at heart travellers. But as we cannot stray far from home anymore, we decided to start this blog to record our future experiences and give voice to the untold stories hidden from view in our verdant state.…

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Most people agree that the war of 1857 was the first rebellion of Indians against the occupying British Empire. However, in 2017, the Indian government acknowledged that the Paika Rebellion of 1817 was the actual first rebellion of an occupied India. This article was written to elaborate on the root cause of the rebellion that was the ouster of the King of Khurda Mukund Dev II and the story of his regent and commander in chief Jayi Rajguru, the first martyr in the struggle for an independent nation. Rajguru is not a surname but a title given to the chief…

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For a long time we considered the rebellion of 1857 as the first war for independence in British India. However, in 2017, the central government finally acknowledged that the Paika Rebellion of 1817 was the first war to be fought for independence in a united India. It was fought between the dispossessed Paikas (soldiers) of the defunct kingdom of Khorda and the British East India Company to overthrow British rule in what would become the state of Odisha. Background The seeds of rebellion were planted back in 1804 when the British conquered Khorda, deposed Raja Mukund Dev II of Khorda…

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During the rule of the British Empire in India, there were many rebellions in what would become the state of Odisha. One of the greatest revolts of this period was in Sambalpur by the freedom fighter Surendra Sai and his companions. So great was his valour that the common people conferred the title of Beera (Veer) to him. Thus he has come to be known as Veer Surendra Sai. Brave warriors like Madho Singh, Kunjal Singh, Airi Singh, Bairi Sing, Uddant Sai, Ujjal Sai, Khageswar Dao, Salegram Bariha, Govind Singh, Pahar Singh, Rajee Ghasia, Kamal Singh, Hati Singh, Salik Ram…

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In the vast Indian history, there was only one warrior queen, who never got defeated. You will be surprised to know that she was from Odisha. Yes like the first martyr, the first revolt of India and many more stories, Odisha has also given us the first and the last undefeated warrior queen. The story of Rani Sukadei of Banki is amazing. But not many of us heard about it. So we are here to take you to a journey of courage, bravery and humanity of a Queen who wrote her name by her sword in Indian history. Rajkumari of Badamba In 1686 A.D,…

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As per Hindu sacred mythology, individuals in the forests of Vrindavan followed an act of offering luxurious cuisines to Lord Indra – the God of rain and storm – to ensure he is sufficiently satisfied to favour them with convenient rainfall and great reap. Little Krishna discovered the worthless ritual to be somewhat brutal for the helpless ranchers. He persuaded the whole town to quit making these contributions to Lord Indra and care for themselves. Maddened by the absence of food offered, Lord Indra set off enormous rainfall and rainstorm in Vrindavan. The storm proceeded for quite a long time,…

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