During my stay in Mumbai I came across many people who would ask me where is it and some even cross checked if it’s in India. The major reason behind is that Media keeps on publicising Odisha as a poor state and focuses on the Tribes…But trust me the State is beyond tribes… I personally feel that the state is a victim of Yellow Journalism as media has an centralised focus on its tribal and poverty prone reasons… Another reason is Odia people believe in modest living and don’t glorify much about the state which it deserves.
Its a peace loving state with abundant natural resources waiting to be explored. The State is immensely blessed with natural beauty of lakes, rivers, beaches and so on along with a trending Urban life too… It has its own unique charm in terms of beauty, culture and food. Not focusing on whats awful but whats aww-worthy 🙂
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After coming back to Odisha my attachment grew and the credit for that definitely goes to my brother Ar. Shakti Nanda. I’m still learning and exploring about the State… Below are some facts which can be also found on Google…!!!
Odisha is located in the east of India and is surrounded by the states of West Bengal to the north-east, Jharkhand to the north, Chhattisgarh to the west and north-west, and Andhra Pradesh to the south and south-east.
It is the 9th largest state by area, and the 11th largest by population. The state has an area of 155,707 km sq, which is 4.87% of total area of India, and a coastline of 450 km. In the eastern part of the state lies the coastal plain. It extends from the Subarnarekha River in the north to the Rushikulya river in the south. The lake Chilika is part of the coastal plains. The plains are rich in fertile silt deposited by the six major rivers flowing into the Bay of Bengal: Subarnarekha, Budhabalanga, Baitarani, Brahmani, Mahanadi and Rushikulya.
Three-quarters of the state is covered in mountain ranges. Deep and broad valleys have been made in them by rivers. These valleys have fertile soil and are thickly populated. Odisha also has plateaus and rolling uplands, which have lower elevation than the plateaus. The highest point in the state is Deomali at 1672 metres. The other high peaks are: Sinkaram (1620 m), Golikoda (1617 m), and Yendrika (1582 metres).
The term “Odisha” is derived from the ancient Prakrit word “Odda Visaya” (also “Udra Bibhasha” or “Odra Bibhasha”) as in theTirumalai inscription of Rajendra Chola I, which is dated to 1025. Sarala Das, who translated the Mahabharata into the Odia language in the 15th century, calls the region Odra Rashtra and Odisha. The inscriptions of Kapilendra Deva of the Gajapati Kingdom (1435–67) on the walls of temples in Puri call the region Odisha or Odisha Rajya.
The name of the state was changed from Orissa to Odisha, and the name of its language from Oriya to Odia, in 2011, by the passage of the Orissa (Alteration of Name) Bill, 2010 and the Constitution (113th Amendment) Bill, 2010 in the Parliament. After a brief debate, the lower house, Lok Sabha, passed the bill and amendment on 9 November 2010. In 24 March 2011, Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament, also passed the bill and the amendment