Built out of stone to house the only wooden Hindu idols in India, the Jagannath temple in Puri is a magnificent structure. The temple also holds the mantle of ‘Biggest Hotel in the World’ for feeding thousands daily, and the food is quite good we hear. But pilgrims don’t just come here for the food. Every year, in July millions gather to witness the largest chariot festival in India, and to be in the middle of it is an intriguing experience to say the least!
In celebrating the various cultures of India, you can never miss the sweet gestures of the traditional dance of a state so saturated in the arts. A typical performance of Odissi, Kathak and Bharathanatyam in the foreground, coupled with a gallery of temple sculptures, sand art exhibitions and crafts fairs in the background will give you the experience of a lifetime.
When you’re out in the Ocean, riding the big waves to the shore with nothing but the sun and the spray for company, you will experience a world away from reality. Once you have your fill of the ocean, you can meditate on the beach to the lulling sounds of the gentle waves. A completely spiritual experience is guaranteed!
Boasting over 700 temples in the vicinity, the capital of Odisha is a remarkable place to discover temple architecture that is indigenous to the region. Even if religion or spirituality don’t particularly call to you, prepare to be astounded by the exquisite artwork that adorn the spires. Through painstaking work, each of the centuries old temples were finished with carvings from great Indian epics.
Knowing where you come from is as important as knowing where you are headed. Returning to the roots of Odisha is an enthralling experience. Follow in the footsteps of the ‘original people’ and rediscover an ancient way of living. Past the temples and lively local markets, you can interact with a culture that is millennia old, older than many countries in the world.
Patchwork quilts and applique work are a specialty of Pipli. The village in its entirety depends on the sale of such crafts to power their economy. The streets of Raghurajpur are similarly lined with artisans toiling away in the heat. Every home is an artist’s studio with Pattachitra paintings (religious and tribal themes) on cloth – adorning the walls. If walking through the Heritage Villages seems like a dredge, you could hop on a bicycle and whizz past smiles and waves!
With all its temples, you might be surprised by the rich Buddhist heritage of Odisha. It’s easy to see how many Buddhist preaching routes might have passed through this essential centre from the 6th Century onwards. Over the past decade, archaeologists have excavated many sites at Ratnagiri, Udayagiri and Lalitagiri – the diamond triangle where you can the past of Buddhism.
Something seems to let loose every time you watch a dolphin do a backflip. You look on with childish abandon, pointing and ooh-ing at the cutest sea creatures on the planet. Step onto a boat, anticipation growing as you head out on Chilika Lake; you’d be lucky to catch a dolphin in action as they cut through the calm waters.
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The large brackish lake is separated from the Bay of Bengal by a few spits of sand! It’s a great place to catch some dolphins in action.
Best known for the Sun Temple, the town of Konark is a must visit for history buffs.
Famed for the tiered temple on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, the calmness of the place is great for introspection!
Named after Shiva, a Hindu deity, believing he would descend to rest under a mango tree, this bustling city is known for its temples.
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