Odisha - The land of forgotten Legacy

Well, what can I say, before the trip to Orrisa all I had the idea and heard about is the poverty of the state but Ohh boy once been there what I witnessed was so much magic... We did a round trip to Bhubaneswar, Puri, Konark etc and well each and every thing was so so blissful.. The Konark sun temple was a mythical beauty in front of eyes and the Puri temple was so so majestic...
Bhubaneswar is a land of dreams for many history and Architectural lovers and we saw like 10-12 7th century Kalinga temples all just in 2 square kms..
Loved the sweets of Orrisa and was such a blissful experience.. Now I feel its one of the most Culturally richest state of India.. The Kalingaaa power..

Route Map and 2 days Itinerary :

Day 1 : Puri - Puri Jagannath temple - Konark - Konark Sun Temple - 

Day 2 : Bhubaneshwar _ 20 plus temples of Bhubaneswar...

Places to see :

Puri Jagannath Temple
Konark Sun Temple
Baleshwar Beach
Lingaraja Temple
Baithala Temple
Bakreswara Temple
Taleswara Temple
Antarayami Temple and so much

The Blissful Konark Sun temple on a Sunset scene

Konark Sun Temple (Surya Mandira) is a 13th-century CE Sun temple at Konark about 35 kilometres northeast from Puri on the coastline of Odisha, India.The temple is attributed to king Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty about 1250 CE.

Dedicated to the Hindu Sun God Surya, what remains of the temple complex has the appearance of a 100-foot (30 m) high chariot with immense wheels and horses, all carved from stone. Once over 200 feet (61 m) high, much of the temple is now in ruins, in particular the large shikara tower over the sanctuary; at one time this rose much higher than the mandapa that remains. The structures and elements that have survived are famed for their intricate artwork, iconography, and themes, including erotic kama and mithuna scenes. Also called the Surya Devalaya, it is a classic illustration of the Odisha style of Architecture or Kalinga Architecture .

The Puri Beach
The absolutely stunning and majestic Lingaraj temple,one of the Grandest I have witnessed.

The Lingaraja temple is the largest temple in Bhubaneswar. The central tower of the temple is 180 ft (55 m) tall. The temple represents the quintessence of the Kalinga architecture and culminating the medieval stages of the architectural tradition at Bhubaneswar. The temple is believed to be built by the kings from the Somavamsi dynasty, with later additions from the Ganga rulers. The temple is built in the Deula style that has four components namely, vimana (structure containing the sanctum), jagamohana (assembly hall), natamandira (festival hall) and bhoga-mandapa (hall of offerings), each increasing in the height to its predecessor. The temple complex has 50 other shrines and is enclosed by a large compound wall.

Village women during a Pooja

The wheels of Konark

One among the 100s of ancient temples

The Bethala Temple

The making of Kora kai, the famous orrisa coconut sweet

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