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. 

Capital: Bhubaneswar

Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik

Population: 4.37 crores (2014)

Before was: Orissa Province

Bird: Indian roller

Districts: 30 (3 divisions)

Flower: ASHOKA


Odisha is famous for its historical junctures and spectacular scenery. Odisha has a wide range of tourist attractions, from coastlines to pilgrimage sites, for visitors worldwide. Nonetheless, the Puri Beach Festival and the Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath attract tons of crowds every year to this state.

Santula. One of the main food dishes of Orissa/ Odisha, Santula is a classic Oriya delicacy that you can slurp and slurp even more on your trip. Made with raw papaya, brinjal, and tomato, the dish has more greens and fewer spices, thereby having all the makings for a healthy dish.

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