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Exotic Destinationss Orissa
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Exotic Destinationss Orissa
Exotic Destinationss Orissa
Exotic Destinationss Orissa
Exotic Destinationss Orissa
Exotic Destinationss Orissa
Exotic Destinationss Orissa
Exotic Destinationss Orissa
Exotic Destinationss Orissa
Exotic Destinationss Orissa
Exotic Destinationss Orissa
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Exotic Destinationss Orissa
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Orissa - The soul of Incredible India

ORISSA The soul of Incredible India

Orissa - Odisha (formerly Orissa), an eastern Indian state on the Bay of Bengal, is known for its tribal cultures and its many ancient Hindu temples. The capital, Bhubaneswar, is home to hundreds of temples, notably the intricately-carved Mukteshvara. The Lingaraj Temple complex, dating to the 11th century, is set around sacred Bindusagar Lake. The Odisha State Museum is focused on the area’s history and environment.

Places to visit

Lingraj - The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, also known as ‘Lingaraj’. It is adorned with beautiful sculptures, which have been carved on the spire. Lingraj-Temple-Orissa-exotic-destinations Lingaraja temple is approximately 54.8 metres high and enshrines a huge statue of Lord Shiva, made up of granite. The idol is 8 feet in diameter and is placed on a platform that is about 8 inches above ground. The deity is bathed everyday with water, milk and bhang (marijuana). The outer walls of the temple are lavishly decorated with beautiful sculptures which mark a climax of Hindu decorative architecture. Birds, beasts, creepers, flowers, men and women in erotic poses and postures, a host of gods and goddesses all are there in their full majesty and grandeur.

Udayagiri Caves & Khandagiri Caves - One of the earliest groups of Jain rock-cut shelters, the caves of Udayagiri (Hill of Sunrise) and Khandagiri Khandgiri-Orissa-exotic-destinations (Broken Hills) command a unique position in the filed of history, rock-cut architecture, art and religion. The two hills rise abruptly from the coastal plain, about six km west of Bhubaneswar, separated by a highway.Called lena, in the inscriptions, the caves of Udayagiri and Khandagin are essentially dwelling retreats or cells of the Jain ascetics, opening directly into the verandah or the open space in front. Mostly excavated near the top of the ledge or boulder, they simply provided dry shelter for meditation and prayer, with very little amenities even for small comforts. The height being too low, does not allow a man to stand erect.

Ratanagiri - Ratnagiri was once the site of a mahavihara, or major Buddhist monastery, in the Brahmani and Birupa river valley in Ratnagiri-Orissa-exotic-destinations Jajpur district of Odisha,India. It was part of the Puspagiri University, together with Lalitgiri andUdayagiri. Ratnagiri monastery in Jajpur district of Odisha crowning flat hill-top is affording a panoramic view of the surrounding might have been chosen for the seclusion for the serene and calm atmosphere necessary for monastic life and meditation studies.

Raja Rani Temple - The Rajarani temple is famous for the tall and slender nayikas (temple figures) carved in high relief on the walls-figures in Raja-rani-Temple-Orissa-exotic-destinations amorous dalliance and in such acts as fondling her child, looking into the mirror, taking off her anklet, caressing the bird, playing instrument, holding branches of trees etc. The Rajarani takes its name from the local sandstone used to build it. The temple no longer has an image of the deity in the sanctuary but its strong Saiva associations are testified from the figures of Shiva and his consort Parvati on the platform and Saiva doorkeepers.

Nandankanan Zoo - The very name of “Nandankanan”, in mythology, delineates the ecstatic but imaginary beauty of the celestial garden. It also indicates the real beautiful spots par excellence on earth, where one can see the panoramic views of nature and appreciate the glamour that exists in the Nandankanan-Zoo-Orissa-exotic-destinations external morphology of plants and animals. Nandankanan has created its unique place for successful captive breeding of endangered Gharials in 1980. Birth of white tiger from normal coloured tigers has given a special place to Nandankanan over the world as one of the major host zoo for the white tigers. The other significant breeding success of Nandankanan includes Indian pangolin (1971), Mouse deer (1972), Malayan Giant squirrel (1974), Sloth bear (1978), Mugger (1982), Himalayan Black bear (1982), Lion-tailed Macaque (1983), Brow-antlered deer (1984), Salt water crocodile (1985), Indian porcupine (1986), White necked stork (1986), Caiman crocodile (1990), Water monitor lizard (1996), Swamp deer (1998), Chimpanzee (1999), Grey heron (2000) and Siamese crocodile (2010), ratel 2012and many free living animals including Open billed storks.

Dhauligiri - With the beautiful Daya River lying in the proximity, you have the ancient land of Dhauli that lets you know about the enormous Dhauligiri-Orissa-exotic-destinations battles that were fought here, the Kalinga War of 261 B.C. Buddhism for which Dhauli is so well known played a crucial role in transforming King Ashoka to a diehard Buddha devotee who eventually followed the preaching of Buddha for the rest of his life. Dhauli is famous for the edicts related to Buddhism that were composed from the Brahmi script and used Prakrit language. Numerous artifacts tell us about the urban settlement at this place in the 3rd century B.C. One finds the image of intricately carved elephant and close to this elephant, you have a stupa.

Konark Sun Temple - An Architecture Marvel of Eastern India and A symbol of India's heritage, Konark Sun Temple, commonly known as Konark is situated Konark-Temple-Orissa-exotic-destinations in the eastern state of Odisha (earlier known as Orissa), India and is one of the eminent tourist attractions. Konark houses a massive temple dedicated to the Sun God. The word 'Konark' is a combination of two words 'Kona' and 'Arka'. 'Kona' means 'Corner' and 'Arka' means 'Sun', so when combines it becomes 'Sun of the Corner'. Konark Sun Temple is situated on the north eastern corner of Puri and is dedicated to Sun God. Konark is also known as Arka khetra. There are three images of the Sun God at three different sides of the temple, positioned in proper direction to catch the rays of the sun at morning, noon and evening. Around the base of the temple there are images of animals, foliage, warriors on horses and other interesting structures. On the walls and roof of the temple beautiful erotic figures are carved. Sun temple of Konark is a masterpiece of Orissa's medieval architecture.

Jagarnath Temple - The Jagannath Temple of Puri is a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Jagannath and located on the eastern coast of India, at Puri in the Jagarnath-Temple-Orissa-exotic-destinations state of Odisha Jagannath Temple is one of the most renowned as well as the biggest temples of Orissa. Established in the 12th century, the temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna), Lord of the Universe. The credit for laying the foundation of the Jagannath temple of Puri goes to Raja Ananta Varman Chodaganga Dev. The temple is located at a distance of 60 km from Bhubaneswar, on the coast of Bay of Bengal, and is greatly revered by the devotees following the Vaishnava traditions.

Chilka Lake - Chilka Lake (Chilika Lake) is a brackish water lagoon, spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Odisha state on the east coast of India, Chilika-Lake-Orissa-exotic-destinations at the mouth of the Daya River, flowing into the Bay of Bengal, covering an area of over 1,100 km2. It is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest lagoon in the world. The lake is an ecosystem with large fishery resources. It sustains more than 150,000 fisher–folk living in 132 villages on the shore and islands.

Lalitgiri - (also known as Naltigiri) is a major Buddhist complex in the Indian state of Odisha comprising major stupas, 'esoteric' Buddha images, Lalitgiri-Orissa-exotic-destinations and monasteries (viharas), one of the oldest sites in the region. Together with the Ratnagiri and Udayagiri sites, Lalitgiri is part of Puspagiri University located on top of hills of the same names. The three complexes are known as the "Diamond Triangle". Significant finds at this complex include Buddha's relics. Tantric Buddhism was practiced at this site.

Parsurameswar - Parsurameswar, located in the East Indian city of Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, is considered the best preserved specimen of an early Orissan Hindu temple Parsurameswar-Temple-Orissa-exotic-destinations dated to the Shailodbhava period between the 7th and 8th centuries CE. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and is one of the oldest existing temples in the state. It is believed to have been built around 650 CE in Nagara style and has all the main features of the pre-10th century Orissan-style temples. The temple is one among the Parashurameshvara group of temples.

Mukteswar - Muktesvara deula is a 10th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India. The temple dates back to 970 CE and is a Mukteswar-Temple-Orissa-exotic-destinations monument of importance in the study of the development of Hindu temples in Odisha. The stylistic development the Mukteswar marks the culmination of all earlier developments, and initiates a period of experiment which continues for an entire century, as seen in such temples as the Rajarani Temple and Lingaraj temple, both located in Bhubaneswar. It is one of the prominent tourist attractions of the city.

Siddheswar Temple - Siddarameswar also known as Siddhram was one among the five acharya of Lingayat (Veerashaivism). Siddheshwar was a great contributor to Lingayatism religion. Siddheshwar-Temple-Orissa-exotic-destinations He was a great mystic and a Kannada poet who was a part of Basavanna's Veerashaiva revolution during the 12th century. His philosophy was one of service to mankind, the path of karmayoga. Siddarama was instrumental in saving the vachana literature from destruction.

Megheswar - Aisanyesvara Siva Temple is a 13th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, India. Megheswar-Temple-Orissa-exotic-destinations The temple is in the precinct of Municipal Corporation Hospital, Sriram Nagar, Old Town, Bhubaneswar. It is close to the western compound wall of Lingaraj Temple. This is a living temple and with a shrine facing east.


Narendra Pokhari - One of the significant Ancient Pond of Holly city Puri. Narendra-Pokhari-Orissa-exotic-destinations The Pond is specifically used for Summer Navigation of Lord Jagannath & the festival "Chandan Yatra" is one of the significant event of Jagannath Puri in summer(June/July)which is performed in this pond.

Chandrabagha Sea Beach - Chandrabhaga beach is very close to the Konark temple. This beach has religious significance. During the seventh day of Magha at the beach Chandrabagha-Sea-Beach-Orissa-exotic-destinations for seven days a fair is held in honor of the sun god, who is said to have cured Sri Krishna's son Shambhu from leprosy. Pilgrims from various parts of world come here every year to take a dip in the holy waters and offer their prayers to the sun.

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