Located on the coast along the Bay of Bengal, Orissa, known for its ancient glory and modern effort. Endowed with nature’s bounty, a 482 km stretch of coastline with virgin beaches, serpentine rivers, mighty waterfalls, forest-clad blue hills of Eastern Ghats with rich wild life, Orissa is dotted with exquisite temples, historic monuments, as well as pieces of modern engineering feat. The land, without losing its pristine glory, also offers visitors modern amenities.
Orissa has a long tradition of art and architecture. The monuments early go back to third century B.C. The remainder of a pillar of Ashokan, transformed into Siva Lingam and enchased in the temple of Bhaskaresvara at Bhubaneswar and the capital of lion of a pillar of Ashokan, currently in the museum of state, speak about volumes of Orissa after glory.
Dhaulagiri, Orissa travels
rock-A crossed of the caves of Khandagiri and Udaygiri and the inscriptions recording the shorts but the reign animated of Kharavela during first century B.C. constitute the second phase of the evolution in the art of Orissan. The images of Naga and Yaksha found in the places around Bhubaneswar belong to the era of post-Kharavela. The fortification of Sisupalgarh close to Bhubaneswar is still another monument of ancient Orissa.
Orissa is also known for its exquisite manual work. Work in filigree silver plated of Cuttack, the work of horn of Cuttack and Parlakhemundi and the famous work of bracket of Pipili deserve the special mention. Pattachitra, a folk form of painting of Orissa, is a single trade. The metalware of brass and bell, in particular the vases and the stands of candle, are beautiful and durable.
The basins of blackstone and the dishes of Nilagiri and Khiching and the multi-coloured stone statues are other attractions. The products of cotton and silk handloom, particularly saris enchant simply. The saris of Sambalpuri and the patas of Maniabandhi are incomparable in their texture and designs.