Each morning the sun breaks over the Konark temple, bringing to
life one of the most beautiful states of India- Orissa. The Sun
Temple, also known as the black pagoda, was constructed in the 13th
century AD. It was conceived as a celestial chariot of the Sun God,
drawn on 12 pairs of elaborately ornated wheels, driven by seven
The temple, in its exceptional sense of proportion and its near
perfect execution of postures of the icons, reflects the aesthetic
and architectural vision of the people of the land. Blessed with
the creativity of thousands of artists who have given expression
to the miles of unspoilt coastline, lakes, ancient monuments, temples
through their artisanship, Orissa is a land of plenty.
The beauty of Orissa unravels like a story through its monuments,
landscape and the history. Kalinga, as Orissa was known in ancient
times, remained unconquered till King Ashoka captured this state.
Shattered by the bloodshed, he denounced the world to follow the
path of Buddhism. Today, a sense of calmness and peace winds through
the air, like the notes of a flute, filling one with joy.
Orissa has preserved its past in about 500 exquisitely carved temples
and monuments. Pilgrims looking for peace and happiness throng Bhubaneshwar
and Puri. The annual rath yatra has for years attracted devotees
from India and abroad. Konark or the Black Pagoda, with its gorgeous
Sun temple, is famous for the beautiful and quite explicit erotic
imagery. Lake Chilika is an attraction not only to the tourists
but also to the migratory birds. This lake is a treasure house of
aquatic flora and fauna.
Odissi, the dance tradition with its origins in Orissa is well
known for its beauty, elegance and grace. The intricate mime and
rhythm blend giving birth to numerous graceful expressions.
The fabulous handicrafts and paintings add colour to simple life
style of people in Orissa. The most popular crafts Patta-Chitra
and palm-leaf etching serve as souvenirs from the state. The silver
filigree and Applique are distinct art forms of great detail holding
the onlooker in awe. The artists of Orissa still live and work in
remote tribal habitations, small villages, and traditional pilgrimage
towns throughout the state. It is in these little nooks and corners
of the state that traditions thrives and flourishes to its full
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