Author: OdishaLifeStyle

Not only as a prominent legislator, Shri Biswanath Das, the illustrious son of Orissa has earned name and fame, but as a member of the Constituent Assembly had all his praise for the hard work the Drafting Committee had put on for making the Constitution. He was born on 8th March 1889 to late Madhusudan Das of Ganjam district. He graduated from the Ravenshaw College and obtained a Bachelor of Law from the Calcutta University. While pursuing his Legal avocation in Madras, he was illegistibly drawn to the freedom struggle in response to the Non Co-operation Movement in 1921 and…

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Late Maharaja Shri Krushna Chandra Gajapati Narayan Deo of Paralakhemundi, the son of Late Goura Chandra Gajapati Narayan Deo was born on 26th April 1892, educated in Madras assumed rulership in 1913, an enlightened and benevolent ruler; a patron of education and culture organised the annual session of the Utkal Union Conference at Paralakhemundi in 1914. In 1916, he was nominated by the Government to hold the post of Honorary Commissioner of the Land-Force of the Defence of India, laid a light railway through his Estate connecting Naupada with Paralakhemundi; set up a big library in his palace for research…

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In Chaurasi, Odisha, there is a temple called Varahi Deula which is an ancient Hindu Temple dedicated to Maa Varahi. This temple is situated in Puri district on the eastern coast of Odisha. Amongst all of the temples of Maa Varahi in India, the Varahi temple of Chaurasi is exceptional. The picture enshrined in this temple is regarded to be one of the greatest works found all over India among the images of the deities. History and Architecture In the first quarter of the 10th century A.D, this temple was constructed in honour of Varahi, during the Reign of Somavamsha.…

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The facets of war look destructive often accompanied by violence and peace breaking. Although the victorious one enjoys the dominance over the defeated one, capturing territories of the later, which is the sole purpose of a war, but the losses of lives and materials cost both the sides a huge loss. Our country has witnessed several wars which rewrote the history, changed the structural and traditional system of the nation completely. One of such wars that took place on the soil of India, famously known as The Kalinga War, rebuilt its periphery, turned a cruel heart into a benevolent ruler,…

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The Battle of Tukaroi, also known as the Battle of Bajaura or the Battle of Mughulmari, was fought on March 3, 1575 near the village of Tukaroi now in Balasore District of Odisha. This battle was fought between the Mughals army and the Sultanate of Bengal and Bihar on 3 March 1575. It resulted in the Mughal secession of Bengal. Battle of TukaroiNabadwip, Ikhtiaruddin Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khilji of the Delhi Sultanate defeated Sena King Lakshman Sen in 1203-1204 in his capital and invaded most of Bengal. When the Mughal Emperor was Akbar, Daud Khan Karrani was the ruler of…

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During the wintery months of November and December, the households of Odisha gear up to welcome goddess Lakshmi. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped with sincere devotion during Margasira month on every Gurubaras (Thursdays). This ritual is known as Manabasa Gurubar. The customary ritual derives its name from mana; an ancient measuring device used in ancient times all across the state. The mana has ancient lineage with cultivation and harvesting of crops which were once the main occupation of the people of the state. Courtesy: Srinibas Samal Blog Ritual of the Farmer Community The farmer community who had been working tirelessly for the…

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The Odia culture and tradition are replete with many festivals that boasts of a rich heritage. Among those festivals is Prathamastami which celebrates the firstborn of every household in the state. The age-old Odia tradition of Prathamastami is observed on the Krushna Paksha Astami in the lunar month Margasira (November–December). Since ‘Margasira’ is the first month of the calendar according to the Odia Panjika, it has been named as Prathamastami. The day is celebrated for the longevity, wellness and prosperity of the eldest child of the family called ‘Padhuan’ who shoulders all the responsibilities of the family. In Hindu tradition,…

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The tribal society of Odisha has always stood ahead in the call of struggle for freedom . Overcoming all the barriers, they have sacrificed their lives, their bloods for the soil of Odisha. History tells about the contribution of the tribes, their great efforts and glorious patriotism they have bestowed whenever and wherever it was necessary. Raising their voices against the exploitation, fighting for the freedom of the country, they have made it bold and confident. The incredible courage and braveness shown by the tribal heroes are really unforgettable. The price of oblation these heroic personalities offered for their mother…

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Bhitarkanika national park which is spread across a vast area of 672 sq. kms in Odisha is blessed with a vast mangrove ecosystem. In literal terms, ‘Bhitara’ means interior and ‘Kanika’ means beautiful which implies the beauty and variance of the ecosystem. Bhitarkanika National Park is the second largest ecosystem in India and is recognised by UNESCO as well. In the year 2006, Bhitarkanika national park was honoured with the title of having the largest saltwater crocodile 7.1m (23ft 4in) long and 2000kg male saltwater crocodile but the record was later broken in the year 2017 by Queensland national park, Australia. Courtesy: News Bhitarkanika which is…

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We often picturize Gods or Goddesses to be alluring as in their appearance, as described in our mythologies. But, what if some of the deities stand apart who have been depicted differently, in appearance as well as behaviour. What might be the case, it is always good vibes and high morals and blessings that we are supposed to get from the supreme existence. Maa Kali, the graceful Goddess, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, is an illustration that beauty lies not in race but in good deeds. When the earth perished from the torture of devil forces, Kali was born, born…

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