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Odisha ~ओडिशा

Odisha

Architecture

Orissa lies on the eastern coast of India is a virtual paradise of paddy fields, silver beaches, temples, rivers, waterfalls & tribal people. Bhubaneshwar & Puri Temples, clean beaches , Sun Temple of Konark, Nandan Kannan, a habitat of the rare white tiger, Chilka Lake, famous for migratory birds,Dhauli Buddhist temple, Udaigiri-Khandgiri ancient caves are some of its major attractions

Festivals

Odisha is known for her lively festivals. The festivals are spread throughout the year. Festivals carry forward people’s custom and culture. The major Hindu festivals are: Saraswati Puja, Durga Puja, Lakshmi Puja, Kali Puja,Ganesh Puja, Sivaratri, Janmastami, Kartik Puja,Holi, Rakhi Purnima, Jhulan Yatra, Makar Sankranti, Rath Yatra etc.

Crafts

The range is outstanding, from Filigree Stonework to Pattachitrakala Paintings, to Appliqué. Artisans from Pipli have perfected the art of Applique that originated as a Temple art. Colored cloth is cut and then shaped into the forms of birds, animals, flowers, leaves and is stitched as a cloth piece designed as a wall hanging. Four basic traditional colors- red, yellow, white and black are used.

Cuisine

Oriya cuisine is hot and spicy & delicacies like 'dalna'-lentils cooked with vegetables like bitter gourd, potatoes, brinjals and spinach. Other favorites are fried spinach (saga bhaja), chicken gravy (kukuda tarkari), dahi baigan, brinjal cooked with curd khajuri khata a sweet and sour tomato chutney with dates &'chhencheda’, seasonal vegetables cooked with fish head.Cheese based steamed cake, traditionally cooked in a leaf (chhenna podapitha) and the rasagullas are favorite sweets of Odisha