Author: OdishaLifeStyle

The sacred land of Odisha is enriched by development in both Puranic and historical sites and monuments of Brahmanic, Buddhist, Jain, Islamic and Christian faiths. In addition to the Temples, Pagodas, Buddhist temples, and Jaina Relicsm, the Islam and Christian historic sites of Odisha also produce an ancient and important cultural, religious, and sanctuary shrine named “Olasuni Gumpha Dhama” in disguise of a world-famous ancient Buddhist site from the 1st century BC or AD, converted into a Hindu shrine from the 12th and 13th centuries AD, known as “Olasuni pitha”. Located between the world-famous Buddhist sites of Lalitgiri and Udayagiri…

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The beautiful eastern district of Mayurbhanj which was once the citadel of the kings of the Bhanja empire during the period of 950 AD to 1250 AD, occupies a marvellous place in the cultural hub of India. The district is not only filled with ancient temples and exquisite monuments but also with numerous wildlife sanctuaries and breath-taking natural beauty. Among such places is Khiching which is notably one of the famous heritage sites of the state. Khiching is located in the sub division of Karanjia which is at a distance of 150 kms from Baripada and 230 kms away from…

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Thought, texture and taste, are the three components of a delicious cuisine. When a perspective of health is added, it turns out to be a bonus. Odisha, a state as famous as for its rich culture and tradition, is also well known for its offering of several appetizing food items. Over 50 dishes alone are consumed as Prasad in front of Lord Jagannath. The foods of Odisha are welcoming around the globe from ancient times. Such a delectable odia cuisine, called Dalma, has a separate and distinct place as a food item in itself. Prepared from fresh and vitamin filled…

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The married women in Odisha observe Sudasha Brata on the holy date of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon), Thursday and Dasami. On this day, the married women of the households keep fast the entire day and worship the goddess Laxmi, the epitome of wealth, praying for the well-being and prosperity of the members of the family. The sacred thread or the brata is the most important aspect of the ritual. The brata, after it is dipped in the ritualistic turmeric water is tied on their right arm of the women. Before tying the brata, ten knots, are made on the thread while uttering…

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Let’s start to learn about the bahubali of Puri, Anil Gochhikar. I have always been a skinny guy. After completing my engineering degree I went looking for a job in Bangalore, where stress and bad eating habits turned me into a stick. Nobody would have noticed me passing by the street. Then my brother called me back to Puri to decompress a little. When I reached my home town, my elder brother, who saw me after a long time, didn’t recognize me. According to him I was akin to a cloth hanger standing on the train station. So he literally…

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Gupteswar, a land where religion is the essence of existence, it is but natural to find godhood embedded in beliefs and crock of people. Gupteswar is one of the peerless Shiva temples of Southern Orissa.The cave Shrine of Gupteswar nestles on a lush green hill, 58 K.m from Jeypore, and 80 Kms away from Koraput, set amidst deep forests. It is a world-famous pilgrim site situated about 55 km away from Jeypore, Koraput District. This temple is located inside a pothole. The Shiva Linga is a natural one that has existed from old ages. It is a very beautiful place,…

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Bikramkhol is a historic site situated in the Jharsuguda district of Odisha, India, and is located in the Belpahar Range Reserved Forest. In the village known as Banjari, the ancient cave of Bikramkhol bears the evidence of the evolution of human civilization and a script established by them, back in 4000 B.C. It is a crescent shaped rock shelter at the foothill. The huge rock shelter is 37 metres long, 5.65 metres wide and 8 metres tall. The main interest of the Bikramkhol cave is the depiction of various geometric and weird characters such as animal paintings, circular holes dug…

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The village of Shergarh, in the Baleswar district of Odisha, is famous for the Khajureswar community of temples of Shiva. Khajureswara Sivalinga, along with Baneswar Shiv Linga from Baleshwer town, is said to have been built by Banasura. A small compound with a cluster of temples has a Khajureswara temple: 3 smaller temples and 2 stupas. There are stone idols of Chamunda, Varahi, Kaumari, Maheswari Brahmani, Vaishnavi, Parvati, Virabhadra and Ganesh in the entire Deula complex and a representation of each of the styles of Rekha, Pidha and Khakara. Haraparvati in chloride stone and a Gajalaxmi are the other prominent…

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There are many places in the world not on any maps. Unknown to many at large, these places evoke a sense of mystery to any visitor lucky (or unlucky) enough to stumble upon them. It was on one such occasion we came upon this temple built on top of a hill. There are no map markers designating its existence on Google Maps. Aside from the locals, not many people seem to know this place even exists. We managed to find it while roaming around the back roads close to the Sundarpada-Jatani road out of Bhubaneshwar. One lazy afternoon we decided…

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The Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary spreads across approximately 795 square kilometres. The scenic beauty of the wildlife sanctuary does not fail to enthral its visitors. It is situated near the Satkosia gorge that flows along the River Mahanadi. The place captures the beholders with its overwhelming beauty and lush green surrounding. Tikarpada is the hope to a large variety of species of wild animals and birds. courtesy Wikipedia While you are here, one gets to witness the untainted form of lush green nature. With serenity prevailing all around, the luxuriant greenery leaves the mind and soul enchanted. The very thought of…

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